Two Florida firefighters have been lost at sea for a week after a fishing trip off Port Canaveral. A massive search covering over 105,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean lasted six days but officials suspended their search at sundown on August 22nd.
A blue tackle bag, found off the coast of St. Augustine about 50 miles from shore, has been confirmed as belonging to one of the men.
On Friday, August 16, 2019, Justin Walker & Brian McCluney set out on a fishing trip from 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp, near Port Canaveral, Florida. They were in a 24-foot center console boat headed toward “A” reef. Justin, who grew up in Vero Beach, is currently a member of the Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue Department and Brian McCluney is a member of Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department.
Family and friends are seeking donations to rent private planes to continue the search. They’ve also asked recreational and commercial boaters to donate their time and effort searching for the men.
Three businesses are offering a reward of $30,000 to anyone who finds McCluney and Walker.
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.
To join the search, visit facebook.com/groups/bringjustinandbrianhome.