Search for Florida firefighters who disappeared on fishing trip extends up to South Carolina


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A fire chief is calling for help after a pair of Florida firefighters went missing on a fishing trip and could now be as far north as South Carolina, according to WTLV. 

Brian McCluney, a firefighter with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, and Justin Walker, a firefighter from Fairfax, Virginia, were on a fishing trip near Port Canaveral in Florida when they disappeared Friday.

On Wednesday, five days after the pair went missing, the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and the U.S. Coast Guard said they plan to continue searching Thursday.

“We’re in some critical times right now,” Interim Director and Fire Chief Keith Powers said, according to WTLV. “Time has really become our enemy.”

The search has extended all the way up to South Carolina, but it may not continue on for long.

A representative with the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday afternoon that, if the men are not found by sundown, the search will be suspended, WFLA reports.

Three businesses in Florida are helping the search effort by offering up a reward adding up to $30,000 for whoever finds the two men.

The three businesses — Palm Beach Valley Outdoor Bar & Grill in Ponte Vedra Beach, International Marine in Boynton Beach and 1-800-BOARDUP in Jacksonville Beach — have each added $10,000 to the reward.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help search for the missing men on Thursday is asked to call Chief Barrow at (904) 813-5315.



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