PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on missing firefighters who went missing on a boating trip (all times local):
U.S. Guard officials say they plan to suspend the search for two missing firefighters who disappeared after leaving a Florida port on a fishing trip last week.
Capt. Mark Vlaun said the search for Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter Brian McCluney and Justin Walker of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia will be suspended Thursday night.
Vlaun says they’ve reached a point where computer models analyzing the areas that already have been searched show there’s no reasonable chance further searching will result in success.
The Coast Guard and scores of volunteers began looking for the firefighters last Saturday, a day after they were supposed to have returned to Cape Canaveral.
Interim Jacksonville Fire Chief Keith Powers says family members are heartbroken by the news.
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Three Florida businesses are offering a reward of $30,000 to anyone who finds two firefighters who went missing during a boating trip in the Atlantic Ocean.
The search is continuing for Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department firefighter Brian McCluney and Justin Walker of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. They left Friday in a 24-foot (7.3-meter) vessel from Port Canaveral.
First Coast News reports Palm Beach Valley Outdoor Bar & Grill in Ponte Vedra Beach, International Marine in Boynton Beach and 1-800-BOARDUP in Jacksonville Beach have each put up $10,000 toward the reward.
Toni Kara of Palm Valley bar says if the reward encourages just one person to go out and find them, “then it’s worth every penny.”