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Coast guard suspends search for missing firefighters lost at sea

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David Harris
Orlando Sentinel

The search for two firefighters who went missing while fishing off the coast of Cape Canaveral was suspended at sundown Thursday, officials said at a press briefing.

Brian McCluney, a firefighter at Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, and Justin Walker a firefighter in Virginia, were last seen leaving a ramp near Jetty Park on Friday in a 24-foot center console reportedly headed to the 8A reef. Since then, more than 100,000 square miles of ocean has been searched via land and air by local, state and federal agencies, along with volunteers.

Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun said since nothing has been found other than a fishing tackle bag on Monday, there’s no “reasonable probability of success.” The fire department, which also led a search effort, will also suspend its search at sundown.

“That’s an extremely tough decision because we have a brother out there that we just haven’t been able to find,” said interim Chief Keith Powers.

Powers said the families were “heartbroken” about the decision. The case will remain open and the Coast Guard will be on the lookout on their normal patrols, said Vlaun.

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