JUPITER, Fla. — The parents of a Florida boy went missing at sea are sponsoring free safe boating classes for area teens.
The classes will be taught once a month by the U.S. Coast Guard. The first class is scheduled for March 12.
In July, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen — both 14 — left Jupiter Inlet in a 19-foot boat and never returned. Lengthy searches by the Coast Guard and private pilots turned up no clues.
Blu Stephanos tells the Palm Beach Post he doesn’t want other families to go through the grief they encountered after the boys went missing.
The day-long class, sponsored by the AustinBlu Foundation, will end with a test. Those who pass will receive a Florida Fish and Wildlife Safe Boating Card, which all boaters born after Jan. 1, 1988, are required to have.
The class will be held once a month through August and will run from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information and to register for one of the free classes, click here.
The AustinBlu Foundation is a not-for-profit, founded in Austin’s name, dedicated to raising awareness and education to improve boater safety.
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