TEQUESTA, Fla. — NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Namath has joined the efforts to find the two Florida teens who went missing from a fishing trip, offering a $100,000 reward for their safe return, the Associated Press reported.
Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, both 14, did not return from a fishing trip on Friday. They were last seen that afternoon buying fuel for their 19-foot boat in the Jupiter, Fla. area, WEAR in Pensacola reported.
“We are positive that our boys are still out there,”, said Nick Korniloff, Cohen’s stepfather, in a press conference, with Namath standing next to him.
Namath is neighbors with Cohen in Tequesta and has known the teen for 10 years. He said both teens are skilled boaters, but his stepfather said they’re not allowed to take the boat out into the ocean.
“We’ve got to believe in their wherewithal,” Namath said. “We’ll keep looking until we find them.”
“We’re all praying,” Namath continued. “The good Lord’s gotta help us out.”
Coast Guard air and sea crews have expanded their search farther north along the coast, the Associated Press reported. The search has scoured covered more than 14,000 nautical miles so far.
Although the Coast Guard issued a warning via Twitter that search and rescue operations are dangerous for civilians, the families are appealing to boaters and people with personal planes to keep their eyes out. They’ve increased the reward from $60,000 to $100,000.