ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – Debris from the boat of three missing Georgia fishermen was found 16 miles off the coast of St. Augustine Sunday night, according to the United Cajun Navy.
The owner of the Carol Ann confirmed the recently found debris, which was a fish box and the buoy balls on the boat.
The three missing fishermen, Tyler Barlow, Caleb Wilkinson and Dalton Conway, went on what was planned to be a four-day fishing trip.
The trio left Brunswick, Georgia, on Oct. 14 on board the Carol Ann and were scheduled to return on Oct. 18, but they never returned.
On Monday afternoon, a social post from the United Cajun Navy reported a possible life raft spotted. But that has not been confirmed to belong to the Carol Ann or the missing men.
The Coast Guard’s search for them spanned 94,000 square miles and four states. Until today, no trace of them or the boat had been found.
According to the United Cajun Navy, the Coast Guard has been informed and will dispatch a vessel to the location early Monday morning to rejoin the search efforts.
Barlow’s parents said multiple boaters found the fish box early Sunday morning and reported it. They feel the weather is pushing them to shore.
“Quite a while there we had winds that would have been pushing them East… within the last 5 days or so we had actually urging people… up closer to shore,” Chris Barlow, Tyler’s dad, said. “We’re seeing now those winds… we hoping the life raff is in close proximity as well.”
The United Cajun Navy is requesting additional volunteer fishermen, boats, helicopters, and planes to assist in searching the area.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.