Search Intensifies For FL Teens Missing In Atlantic

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) _ The search for two 14 year old Florida boys missing for four days now in the Atlantic Ocean has been extended up to Savannah Georgia.

Meantim, the mothers of the two boys who disappeared while fishing off Florida’s coastline say they believe their sons have the knowledge and skills needed to survive in the water.

Speaking Tuesday on NBC’s “Today” show, Pamela Cohen says she believe her son, Perry Cohen and his friend Austin Stephanos are “doing everything they can to stay afloat.”



The 14-year-olds have been missing since Friday when they took a 19-foot boat into the Atlantic to fish.

Carly Black said her son Austin has been around the water since he was born. Both said their sons learned to swim before they could walk.

Responding to criticism that the teens were too young to operate a boat alone, Pamela Cohen said the boys had been around boats their entire lives and life on the water is second nature to them.

She compared it to kids who live on a farm and drive tractors or children who live in the mountains and learn to hunt at a young age.

The mothers said they don’t believe their boys were heading to the Bahamas, as has been widely reported.

Instead, they believe they were fishing offshore when the weather turned bad and “something went amiss.”