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Report blames weather as factor in Austin and Perry tragedy

Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen vanished in July 2015. WPEC.

Investigators say weather is to blame for the tragic disappearance of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen two years ago.

The two teens from Tequesta vanished after they set out to go fishing in the Jupiter Inlet in July 2015. The boys never came home.

Crews recovered their boat off the coast of Bermuda in March of 2016. The captain of the Edda Fjord told CBS12 Greg Angel in Norway that he had spotted the capsized boat while on a stroll with his wife. The crew hauled it to Norway. A second crew transported the fishing boat to Florida last May.

According to FWC investigators, "Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen had a weather-related incident out at sea that caused their vessel to capsize."

"There are many scenarios speculating what might have occurred prior to and during the capsizing but the evidence in (is) not conclusive enough to confirm any particular scenario on what happened that tragic day, other than the fact that the vessel took on water and capsized," the FWC added.

Another important element mentioned in the report, the engine was operating correctly when the boat took on water.

An oceanside tribute to the teens is planned for next month at the pier to mark the second anniversary of the disappearance.

READ THE FINAL FWC REPORT ON SEARCH FOR AUSTIN AND PERRY:


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