WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The father of one of two missing teenage fishermen detailed the "gut-wrenching" search for the boys during an interview with investigators from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.
Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, disappeared during a storm off Jupiter, Florida, July 24. Their capsized 19-foot boat was found in the Bahamas by a Norwegian cargo ship and returned to South Florida May 16.
The Palm Beach Post (http://bit.ly/22oQjKh ) reports that Blu Stephanos told investigators in September that his son Austin was allowed to go "a couple of miles offshore on a calm day." In the taped interview released by the agency, Stephanos recalled searching for the boys until dark.
Stephanos told investigators that Austin texted him at 11:24 a.m. that day, saying he was fishing.
Information from: The Palm Beach (Fla.) Post, http://www.pbpost.com