2 Vero Beach boaters still missing off Fort Pierce coast

By Debbie Carson, Online EditorFORT PIERCE — The U.S. Coast Guard has expanded its search area for two Vero Beach boaters who failed to return to port Sunday evening. The missing men have been identified as Vincent Faulkner, 38, and Eric Ross, age unknown, both of Vero Beach, according to a U.S. Coast Guard officer.The search area has been expanded north to Cape Canaveral, according to Petty Officer Barry Bena.The Coast Guard has deployed two helicopters, a jet, a couple small boats crews and a cutter. The men launched from the Black Pearl Boat Ramp in Fort Pierce around noon on Sunday and were supposed to return that evening. By 9:30 p.m., the men were reported missing.Petty Officer Bena could not say for sure that the rough weather from Sunday played a role in the men’s disappearance.”We won’t know until, hopefully, we find them,” he said.Anyone with information should contact the Coast Guard at (305) 415-6800.

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