JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Wednesday will be critical in the ongoing search for two firefighters lost at sea. As crews begin their fifth day of searching, the U.S. Coast Guard says it's a race against time and the search area is getting broader.
With no major clues found on Tuesday, the search on Wednesday will stretch north, where the Gulf Stream current would take a stranded boat or anyone in the water.
"The biggest challenge we have is the current. It really expands our search zone. Without additional clues, the area to search becomes really vast," U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun said late Tuesday.
Vlaun said any clue in the water -- like the tackle bag found Monday -- would help rescuers narrow their search.
“By finding anything in this area or by finding anything at all, it allows us to kind of focus those efforts, whereas without additional clues, the area becomes really vast very fast," Vlaun said.
#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