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.
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.
#UPDATE 14: @USCG aircrews from Air Station Clearwater and Elizabeth City conducted multiple search patterns yesterday alongside Navy P-8 planes and CBP C-130 aircrafts. #USCG and partner surface and air assets will continue to search throughout the day. #HappeningNow pic.twitter.com/4KZtIcxHcy— USCGSoutheast (@USCGSoutheast) August 20, 2019
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.
Posted by Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department on Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Posted by Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department on Wednesday, August 21, 2019