FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A pilot who was part of a massive search to find two missing teen fishermen told investigators he’s positive he saw one floating on debris two days after their boat capsized.
According to a report released this week, Bobby Smith told Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission investigators reconstructing the disappearance of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos he was flying off the Georgia coast on July 26 at about 1,000 feet when he saw two white pieces of debris tied together with an orange life jacket.
He went to 200 feet and saw a person. He said he climbed so he could radio controllers. Smith said he went back down but could no longer find the person. The Coast Guard went to the area and also could not find anything.