Boat Belonging to Missing Florida Boys Returned from Bermuda

It will be unloaded on Monday in Port Everglades
May 16, 2016 5:34 pm Last Updated: May 17, 2016 10:41 am

The boat used by two missing Florida teens who went missing in July 2015 has been brought back to shore, according to reports on Monday.

The capsized single-engine vessel used by the teens on their fishing trip was returned to South Florida at Port Everglades on Sunday. A Norwegian ship found the boat in March 2016 before recovering it. The ship arrived in Port Everglades and will unload the boat on Monday evening, CBS reported.

Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, disappeared after a storm off the coast of Jupiter, Florida. Their fishing gear, Austin’s iPhone, and other items were recovered.

Last month, surveillance footage was released of the two boys going out to sea on their boat. It was likely the last time the two were seen alive.

The Palm Beach Post reported that the boat is currently in a container. However, there are no plans to open the container, said Owen Kennedy, spokesperson for Port Everglades.

The boat, found 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda, is currently still in the possession of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC).

Photos taken of the boat show that its battery and engine had been turned off.

The FWC had previously said it would look at the boat once it was returned, CBS Miami reported. After that, the vessel will be sent back to the Stephanos family.

Last week, the iPhone that belonged to Austin was deemed not salvageable by Apple. It was sent to the firm for examination amid a legal battle between the Cohen and Stephanos families.

The boys went missing July 24 after they left Jupiter Inlet, sparking a large search along the Atlantic seaboard. 

Before they went missing, Perry used Austin’s phone to send out a Snapchat message that some of their friends apparently saw. It read, “We’re f’ed.”

Perry also communicated with his mother, Pamela, via text messages. He told her: “Mom, it’s Perry. My iPad is dead… I’ll text you in a little. Love you.”

Austin had also posted, “Peace out Jupiter” to his Instagram page, and he said they were going to fish “far off shore” for dolphin.

“I don’t know his last moments and it’s haunting and it’s terrifying,’ Perry’s mother told WPBF last month. “I miss him dearly and would do anything to get him back.”

“It’s the largest search and rescue that the U.S. Coast Guard conducted in modern day time. So the fact that eight months later, two vital pieces of information and evidence has been recovered … why the investigation wouldn’t be reopened to look into that and find the answers, it doesn’t make any sense,” she said.

Months ago, Perry’s stepfather, Nick Korniloff said that the family were “people of the water.”

“I know that we’ve trained them correctly—we’ve taught them the respect of mother nature and the power of the sea. ‘We’ve raised these kids right. Our optimism comes from the faith we have. They are strong kids. They are survivors,” he told CNN at the time.