Search for missing firefighters that left from Cocoa Beach; Groups asking anyone with boat to help

Search for missing firefighters that left from Cocoa Beach; Groups asking anyone with boat to help

Using a small volunteer navy led by Coast Guard cutters and other crews, a desperate search of the Atlantic continued Monday for two firefighters lost at sea since leaving Port Canaveral on Friday.

Several businesses and individuals are organizing additional search efforts as others combed beaches, hoping to find items from the boat.

Since the search began Friday, the U.S. Coast Guard has searched an estimated 24,000 square miles after Brian McCluney, a Jacksonville Fire Department firefighter, and Justin Walker, a Fairfax County, Virginia firefighter, were reported missing Friday.  

They were last seen in a 23-foot Robalo center console boat with a white hull and black T-top. 

By Monday afternoon, multiple Coast Guard vessels were 50 miles off the coast of Jacksonville where a tackle bag was found.

McCluney's wife, Stephanie McCluney, confirmed on Facebook that it was his. 

"I wholeheartedly believe this is a breadcrumb they threw overboard to say 'we are here, come find us,'" she wrote. "Please continue to send prayers, donations to aid the search." 

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