A donation page was established Sunday to help fund search efforts for two missing firefighters who have been unaccounted for since heading out on the water from a Port Canaveral, Fla., launch ramp last Friday.
The Jacksonville Association of Fire Fighters created the page in response to the number of people who wanted to help locate Brian McCluney and Justin Walker. They were last seen leaving the boat ramp located at 200 Christopher Columbus in a 24-foot center-console boat. Family contacted the U.S. Coast Guard station in Port Canaveral that the firefighters hadn’t returned Friday evening as expected.
McCluney is an engineer at district 31 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Walker is a firefighter in Fairfax, Virginia. The two were in a boat that had belonged to McCluney’s father who had died a few weeks earlier.
As of Sunday afternoon, Coast Guard Southeast said that crews had searched more than 5,000 miles and were continuing their efforts, according to Firstcoastnews.com. JFRD members assisted, sending out 50 firefighters and 11 boats to help. Seven of those members were reportedly from McCluney’s shift.
In a later report, firstcoastnews.com reported that McCluney’s tackle bag had been found, but there was still no sign of the firefighters or their boat.