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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.
#FCFRD is #Grateful for this amazing turnout! #prayersneeded #BringThemHome @IAFF2068 RT @JFRDJAX: Another amazing turnout to help! #prayersneeded #bringhomeourbrothers @CityofJax @ffxfirerescue pic.twitter.com/xe9D24hQYa
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 20, 2019
Know of anyone in, or close by, Jacksonville area who has an appropriate boat? Please let them know. Also please SHARE regardless as it will help get word out! #BringThemHome @JFRDJAX #FCFRD https://t.co/XSqw9WXi3D
— Fairfax Fire/Rescue (@ffxfirerescue) August 19, 2019
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.
Help Find Them! Fund to help find FFs McCluney and Walker. Due to the amount of people wanting to help in the search efforts for Firefighters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker. We have set up this link so donations can be achieved online. https://t.co/He69fvmKmM pic.twitter.com/19ONnNxcdn
— Jax Firefighters (@jaff122) August 20, 2019