Search intensifies for missing FF, master tech off Fla. coast

Firefighter Brian McCluney and Master Technician Justin Walker have been missing since heading out in a boat on Friday


By Associated Press 

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Authorities say they are ramping up the search for two missing firefighters who set out by boat last week from the state's Atlantic coast.

Jacksonville Interim Fire Chief Keith Powers said the agency was calling for as "many boats" as could be mustered Tuesday in the ongoing search for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker. The firefighters departed last Friday on their outing aboard a 24-foot (7.3-meter) vessel from Port Canaveral.

Brian McCluney works for the Jacksonville department while Justin Walker is a master technician with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. (Photo/Jacksonville Association of Firefighters)
Brian McCluney works for the Jacksonville department while Justin Walker is a master technician with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia. (Photo/Jacksonville Association of Firefighters)

The U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies have been searching a wide expanse of ocean between Cape Canaveral and Jacksonville off Florida's east coast. On Monday, crews found McCluney's fishing tackle bag some 50 miles (80 kilometers) off St. Augustine in north Florida.

 

 

McCluney works for the Jacksonville department while Walker is a master technician with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department in Virginia, just outside the nation's capital.

McCluney's wife said Tuesday the discovery of her husband's tackle bag has given her hope that the men will be found. In a Facebook post, Stephanie McCluney added that she believed the bag was thrown overboard by the men to help those who are searching for them.

 

Prayer warriors, I have confirmed this is Brian’s tackle bag. It was found off the coast of st Augustine, 50 miles out....

Posted by Stephanie Young McCluney on Monday, August 19, 2019
 

 

Posted by Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
 

 

Posted by Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department on Wednesday, August 21, 2019

 

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