Search Continues for Missing Teen Boaters as Fundraising Halted

The families of two Florida boys who went missing at sea say they're continuing their search but have stopped collecting donations.

More than $480,000 in online contributions flowed in to help in efforts to continue looking for Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, who went missing on a fishing trip July 24.

In a statement Wednesday, their families said they're "committed to continuing the search" but no longer need additional donations.

"The outpouring of community support for our families in our time of need has been overwhelming," the statement read. "From the pilots and mariners who have provided their planes, helicopters, ships, and boats, to the volunteers who have conducted beach searches, provided electronic surveillance, and launched social media campaigns to heighten awareness, to the financial contributions that fund the search; the generosity, goodwill, and heartfelt prayers of so many have sustained us during this trying ordeal."

Volunteers continue scouring waters off Georgia and the Carolinas for the boys by helicopter, plane and boat.

The Coast Guard spent a full week looking for the 14-year-olds from Tequesta, but ended their search on Friday.

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