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Local searches underway for teens missing at sea

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The search for two teens is now entering the South Carolina coast as Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos are still missing.

While the official search has hit Charleston, people on the Grand Strand aren’t leaving anything to chance,
launching their own search.

You’ll start to see posters at local shops and piers with pictures of the teens, as local groups believe the currents could carry them closer to this area.

The search started online, with a group called ‘Beach Walkers Needed- Find Austin and Perry’ which ask for volunteers. It asks for people to walk the shore, scan the coast, or even take smaller aircraft out over the water to search for Perry Cohen and Austin

The two were last seen nearly a week ago off the Florida Coast, an area the local Surf Dreams Foundation has ties to. It is why many of their members are posting up signs and educating beachgoers about keeping an eye out for the missing boaters.

“Telling as many people on the beach to be on the look-out, we need to find these boys and the family needs peace,” said Joyce Vanderzee as she taped posters at businesses at the Surfside Beach Pier.

However, it isn’t solely the busy beach area the group is focusing on. They know they need to cover the less traveled areas which aren’t as easily accessible.

“We’re trying to plan a beach float to scan the areas, the less traveled areas. Huntington State Park, the point in Garden City,” said Philip Jackson, the Executive Director of Surf Dreams Foundation.

The group points out there is also a joint effort for a Coastline Candlelight Vigil. They ask everyone to light up the area around 730 on Thursday evening to show support for the teens, their families, and all who have joined the search. 


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