The open ocean can be a source of great adventure and fun, yet, it can also be a place of danger and uncertainty. No matter how much experience someone may have operating a vessel, there are times when unforeseeable circumstances can lead to a tragic accident at sea. Unfortunately, many of these tragedies involve young individuals, and sadly, it appears as though two young boys may have suffered a terrible boat accident.
According to news reports, two Florida teens have been reported missing after venturing on a fishing trip, and authorities fear they may have been involved in a tragic boating accident after locating their capsized vessel off the state’s coast.
The teens, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohenboth, both 14 years of age, decided to go fishing on Friday morning. After checking in with their parents at around 11 AM, the teens set sail aboard a 19-foot, single engine vessel. They stopped for fuel at a marina near Jupiter around 1:30 PM, but that would be the last time they would be seen.
The teens, who had been frequently checking in with their parents and via social media, suddenly stopped communicating. This caused their parents to worry that something might be wrong, and prompted them to notify authorities of their possible disappearance at around 5 PM.
Though the parents insisted that the boys knew what they were doing, they were unsure of how much food and water they had on board the vessel. Both boys have experience aboard boats since a very young age, but as any boating accident attorney can explain, tragedy can strike anytime and anywhere.
Maritime authorities have launched an investigation into the disappearance of the two teens, but as of yet, have not been able to determine their whereabouts. After three days of searching, the boys’ vessel was found capsized on Sunday, leading many to fear the worst may have transpired.
At this point, it is unclear as to whether authorities have a lead in what may have caused the boating accident and whether or not they believe the teens may have survived. Investigators are looking into several possibilities, including unfavorable weather and sea conditions.
However, the victims’ parents are maintaining hopeful that their boys are still alive and have issued a $100,000 reward for their safe return.
As of today, rescue teams have searched over 27,000 square miles for the teens. Given the fact that Florida waters are warm, there is little worry that the boys may have suffered from hypothermia. However, there are still several other dangers that the young victims may have faced. High tides, dangerous marine life, and a lack of provisions can lead to disaster at sea.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time, and we wish them all the best.