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Rescue Wing assists in search for missing teen boaters

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Air Force Reserve search and rescue personnel from the 920th Rescue Wing from Patrick Air Force Base joined the Coast Guard search for two 14-year-old boys reported missing, July 25, 2015.

A rescue crew departed in one of the wing's HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters, July 28, at approximately 8 p.m. for a four-hour search off the coast of nearby Cape Canaveral, Florida.

An additional rescue crew departed from Patrick Air Force Base in a Pave Hawk at approximately 10:30 a.m., July 29, to continue the search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, who were last seen in the Jupiter, Florida area, July 24, purchasing fuel for a 19-foot, white, single-engine boat.

The vessel was found capsized 67-nautical miles east of Ponce de Leon inlet at 11 a.m., July 26, by Coast Guard search and rescue personnel.

The 920th RQW is an Air Force Reserve combat-search-and-rescue unit which performs more than 20 percent of the Air Force's CSAR mission. The Wing is comprised of 1,700 Airmen and flies both fixed and rotor wing aircraft: the HC-130P/N extended-range Hercules and the HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopter.

The wing also provides humanitarian relief during hurricanes and other natural disasters, as well as search and rescue support for emergency situations at sea.

Since it's activation in 1956, wing reservists have saved nearly 4,000 lives, including more than 850 combat rescues.

To learn more about the 920th Rescue Wing's mission go to:
http://www.920rqw.afrc.af.mil/