Parents of boy lost at sea sponsor free safe boating class

Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos. Photos via the U.S. Coast Guard.

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.

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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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