As the desperate search for two firefighters who left during a fishing trip off the Florida coast continued until their fourth day, the family confirmed that a bag located by civil searchers was a member of the missing men.
Brian McCluney, Jacksonville, Florida firefighter, and Justin Walker, member of the Fairfax fire department, Virginia, were on Friday at the launch of a 22-foot fishing boat at Port Canaveral, near Kennedy Space Center, US Coast Guard. Sunday officials.
On Monday, officers had 37 boats searching for them as well as 6 aircraft. Approximately 5,000 square miles of water was searched Monday, according to Jacksonville Fire Rescue.
Around 11 o'clock Monday, a civilian angling bag ceremony got out about 50 knots east of St. Augustine, officials said. The family confirmed that the bag belonged to McCluney.
Tuesday's search efforts will increase in the area where the bag was found. Officials are asking anyone with a boat to go out 30 to 50 miles offshore to help with the search.
Meanwhile, wife is one of the missing men speaking out about the circumstances of men's situation.
Brian McCluney's wife, Stephanie McCluney, expressed her concerns – and her solution – to ABC's local affiliate station in Jacksonville, Florida, WJXX.
"It was meant to be a fairly short day on the water," she said. " I brought them to 6 pm maybe because the fishing was amazing. But 6 o'clock, I didn't hear and I could still see that he didn't read my messages – they were not yet delivered… at 8 pm we called the Coast Guard. "
One of the main reasons why McCluney and Walker were taking the fishing boat out for the day was to honor Brian McCluney's late father.
"[Brian] He wanted those wet lines to get more time. You know, that is the last big hurling for his father and he was supposed to be a great day for his honor… he was excited to go out on the water, ”said Stephanie McCluney.
Instead, the day ended with a huge search party being sent to the two men who were missing.
Approximately 50 firefighters from the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department joined the Coast Guard to search for the lost firefighters, turning the waters between Daytona Beach and Vilano in 11 boats over the weekend.
The men were also looking for teams from the US Navy, Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife and the County Office of Brevard County. The Coast Guard also deployed C-130 plane to conduct aerial searches.
Search and rescue teams covered approximately 24,000 nautical miles between Port Canaveral and north of Jacksonville city, Coast Guard officials said on Monday morning.
"He was an old military soldier, a fleet. He has SERE." [Search, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape] training, survival training through the fleet. Of course, firefighter, paramedic. So it's built to help people. He was a martial medical criminals during the push through Fallujah so if someone is taken out of iron man, that's it, "said Stephanie McCluney from her husband.
Not only is his confidence from the ability of his surviving men to live based on the skills he learned during his career, but his faith also added to him.
"I have a support army. I know that the ocean is great and my God I serve is bigger. The wind and the waters can change its order. I have faith. I have so many warriors of prayer behind … the fire This section has not left me in my view, which was between my spiritual family, my family of fire, and my family family, "said McCluney.
"If there are ever two people," said McCluney confidently, "I mean these two men are survivors and they are going to get their way home."
ABC News' Bill Hutchinson and Rachel Katz contributed to this report.
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