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Bag from missing off-duty VA/FL firefighters found – Atlantic Ocean search continues

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WTTG-TV/FOX5:

The sister of one of two firefighters missing since leaving the Florida coast Friday to go fishing told Fox News on Monday she has hope they are still alive after crews pulled one of their tackle bags from the ocean.

“It means they’re out there and they’re alive and they’re trying to tell us ‘We’re here and to come get us,'” Jessica Bergstresser, sister of Justin Walker, said on “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Walker, a member of the Fairfax County, Va., Fire and Rescue, and Brian McCluney with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue, disappeared after leaving Port Canaveral for the 8A Reef, an offshore fishing spot.

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CNN:

A possible clue has surfaced on Day 3 of the search for two firefighters who disappeared after setting out from Port Canaveral on a fishing trip.

A gear bag was found floating in the ocean Monday about 50 miles east of Jacksonville, according to the Coast Guard.
The wife of Brian McCluney, one of the missing men, said on Facebook that the bag belonged to him.

“I wholeheartedly believe this is a bread crumb they [threw] overboard to say, ‘We are here, come find us,’” Stephanie McCluney posted.

Authorities say they have searched an estimated 24,000 square miles of ocean for the men.

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