Coast Guard

The Coast Guard suspended its search Thursday for two missing boaters who did not return from a trip near Port Canaveral.

Missing are Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

After searching more than 146,368 square miles, an area equivalent to the size of Montana for over 281 hours, officials were unable to locate the boaters who were reported overdue Friday evening.

“Our Coast Guard men and women worked tirelessly alongside federal, state, and local partner agencies as well as countless volunteers searching for Brian and Justin,” said Capt. Mark Vlaun, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. “Despite those efforts, we have been unable to locate any signs of the vessel or the missing boaters. Suspending a search is never an easy decision, and a lot of factors are considered and calculated before we make that decision. We have been in regular contact with the family members throughout our search and extend our heartfelt condolences for what we know is a very difficult time for them.”

Involved in the search were:

Coast Guard Sector Charleston

Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater

Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City

Coast Guard Air Station Savannah

Coast Guard Air Station Miami

Coast Guard Cutter Confidence

Coast Guard Cutter William Flores

Coast Guard Cutter Ridley

Coast Guard Cutter Moray

Coast Guard Cutter Cormorant

Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral

Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon

Coast Guard Station Mayport

Coast Guard Station Brunswick

Coast Guard Station Georgetown

Coast Guard Auxiliary

U.S. Navy

U.S. Air Force

U.S. Customs and Border Protection

U.S. Marshall Service

Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office

Brevard County Sheriff's Office

St. Augustine Fire and Rescue

Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

Civil Air Patrol

The Coast Guard will continue to have a presence in the area, but active searches will conclude at sunset.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders at 904-714-7558.