Vigil held in Cocoa Beach for 2 south Florida teens lost at sea

Dozens of families gather to pray for Austin Stephanos, Perry Cohen

By Sheli Muniz - Reporter
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COCOA BEACH, Fla. - Dozens of families gathered Wednesday evening in Cocoa Beach to pray for two 14-year-old missing boaters from south Florida.

[RELATED: Coast Guard: Search continues for boys lost at sea]

"Where there is no way, you make a way," sang AnnMarie Gustke.

"You know, the only thing we can do is pray," Robin Rye said.

Families arrived to Cocoa Beach to simply support. They don't know 14-year-old Austin Stephanos nor Perry Cohen. However, the Brevard County families have children of their own.

"As we were going to bed last night, I said, 'Can you imagine if that was our children out there?'" said Robin Rye.

"You know, having three kids ourselves, you know, it's just heartbreaking," David Rye said.

"My son is 16 and I worry about him daily," Dana McGee told Local 6. She came from Titusville.

"I'm a mother of four and this story hits close to my heart," Gustke said.

Gustke headed up the vigil, touched by the missing boaters' story.

The search is now in its sixth night and more than 39,000 square nautical miles have been combed and 53 search patterns have been executed from Daytona to Charleston, South Carolina.

In Cocoa Beach, as the water darkened, the coast lit up with candles.

"If they're out there, hopefully they can see the candlelight and give them hope and strength to hold on," Gustke said.

"Our smallest one said on the way here, we're going to bring the boys home and we're hoping that's going to be true," said Rye.

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