A U.S. Air Force airman went missing Tuesday after falling from a C-130 aircraft into the Gulf of Mexico off the Florida coast, according to reports.
The fall happened during a parachute-jump training exercise out of Hurlburt Field, Fla., according to Air Force Times.
U.S. Coast Guard personnel were assisting the Air Force as a search for the airman got underway in water about a mile and a half south of Santa Rosa Island, Fla., along the Florida Panhandle, WKRG-TV of Mobile, Ala., reported.
Five people were killed, 10 others were injured and one person was unaccounted for Monday after two floatplanes carrying cruise passengers taking part in shore excursions collided in mid-air over Southeast Alaska, officials said.
Volunteers and first responders continued to search on Sunday for a 35-year-old woman who authorities say disappeared last week outside of a Hawaii national park.
Around noon on Thursday, Amanda Eller’s Toyota RAV4 was found in a parking lot of the Makawao Forest Reserve in Maui County, officials said. According to a “Findamanda” Facebook page, authorities who found the car did not yet know that Eller was missing.
Eller’s family believes she may have gone running in the national forest, because her teal sneakers were missing, while her wallet and cellphone remained inside.
“Amanda may have gone running, it was her day off and this is a common place for her,” a missing poster for the 35-year-old stated. “It is also normal that she would leave her cell behind. Her car key was found hidden under the driver’s side front tire.”
An overturned boat was found Sunday belonging to two teenage boys who went missing while fishing off the Florida coast two days earlier, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The 19-foot white single-engine boat that Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, took out off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, Friday, was found about 67 nautical miles off the coast near Daytona Beach, said U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann. There was no sign of the boys on the boat, according to the Coast Guard.
A Coast Guard spokesman said one life vest was found in the hull of the boat, but the boys’ families did not know how many life vests were originally on board or if the boys would have been wearing them.
The Coast Guard has anchored the boat where it was located, and crews are searching the area off Daytona Beach, which is about 200 miles north of Jupiter, for the teens.
“This provides us an intelligent view of the currents in the area, which helps us dictate where we are going to put our personnel,” Lehmann said. “Our priority is finding these boys.”
Austin and Perry were last seen buying $110 worth of fuel at 1:30 p.m. and reported missing at about 5 p.m., according to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard and numerous other agencies have covered nearly 14,500-square nautical miles in their search for the boys, and the families of two teenage boys offered a $100,000 reward Sunday for anyone who helps to bring them home safely.
“We think clearly that people want the boys rescued without money,” but “there is a little extra incentive beyond the norm,” Perry’s stepfather Nick Korniloff told reporters. “We’ll do anything to get our children back.”
Hall-of-Fame NFL player Joe Namath, who is Korniloff’s neighbor and said he has known Perry for 10 years, also appealed to the public for help.
“We’ll keep on looking until we find them,” the Super Bowl-winning quarterback said. “We’re all praying. … The good Lord’s gotta help us out.”
Both Namath and Korniloff said the teens are highly experienced on the water, but Korniloff said they are not allowed to take the boat out into the ocean. A social media post from one of the boys indicated they might have been headed to the Bahamas though, according to the Coast Guard.
Korniloff said the teens would have never been allowed to boat to the Bahamas alone. Austin’s mom, Carly Black told NBC affiliate WPTV she’s holding out hope that the boys are alive.
“I just want them home. I know he’s coming home. I just want him home now,” she said.
Perry’s mother, Pamela Cohen echoed that she is confident the boys will be found. “We wholeheartedly believe that they are out there and alive,” she said.
NFL legend and family friend Joe Namath also joined in the plea for help finding young boaters, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen.