Life jackets found in Georgia during search for missing teen boaters

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A Sarasota helicopter company found two life jackets Tuesday near a sandbar off Savannah, Ga. It's still unclear if they belong to two missing 14-year-old boaters. (KTRK)

There may be a new clue in the search for two 14-year-old boys who went missing off Florida's Atlantic coast,.

Yesterday, a Sarasota helicopter company found two life jackets near a sandbar off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, ABC affiliate WPBF-TV reports. The company doesn't know who the vests belong to, and are now working to see if they're connected to the disappearance of Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos.


Because of the find, a Maine-based group is now sending a dog search team to coastal Georgia to aid in the search.

Meanwhile, the boat two teens were on when they went missing is no longer where the Coast Guard found it. Multiple media outlets report that a marine salvage company hired by the Coast Guard to bring the boat back to shore couldn't find the vessel, which was discovered capsized on July 26.

Coast Guard spokesman Anthony Soto said Monday the boat had been left unsecured and the agency has no plans to look for it.

Soto says the boat wasn't brought to shore earlier because officials were focused on search efforts instead.

The Coast Guard called off its search for the teens on Friday, one week after they went missing. Since then, volunteers have continued looking for the teenagers.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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