The parents of one of two teenagers lost at sea last summer says their boat and an iPhone has been found.
The Palm Beach Post reported Saturday that the parents of Perry Cohen said the 19-foot long boat was spotted 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda. The boat still had some personal items in it including an iPhone belonging to Austin Stephanos.
“At this point, our family is hoping and praying that Austin’s iPhone, now in the care Florida Fish & Wildlife, can be restored to working order so that we can try to recover from it any precious memories that it might contain,” Blu Stephanos, the father of Austin Stephanos, said in a statement released Saturday afternoon.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission released a photo of the boat that shows the serial number on the engine that authorities used to verify it was the teens' boat, the paper reported.
“This is an open missing persons case, and we hope that FWC reopens their investigation and utilizes the expert resources of other government agencies as well as the private sector if necessary to extrapolate the data from the recovered IPhone,” Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff, Perry’s parents, said in a prepared statement Saturday morning.
Last July, Stephanos and Cohen -- both 14 -- left Jupiter Inlet in the boat and never returned. Lengthy searches by the Coast Guard and private pilots turned up no clues.
“This has been nine months now of pain and suffering. We’d like to have some sort of closure,” Korniloff told The Palm Beach Post.
The Coast Guard initially located the boat off New Smyrna Beach, but the company hired by the Coast Guard to bring the boat back couldn't find it.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.