Boat belonging to missing Florida teens, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, found off Bermuda coast

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Families Call Off Search for Missing Florida Teens

The boat belonging to two teenagers who went missing off the coast of Florida during a fishing trip last year was discovered off Bermuda nearly eight months after they vanished, authorities said Saturday.

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The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said the 19-foot single-engine boat that Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, both 14, sailed off the coast of Jupiter on July 24 was found by a Norwegian supply boat on March 18 while on the way to Norway. The vessel was discovered about 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda, or about 1,000 miles from where Stephanos and Cohen were last seen before setting off on their fishing trip.

An iPhone and a tackle box were found on the teens' recovered boat, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission notified Stephanos and Cohen's parents of the find "very quickly" after confirming it was Stephanos' boat, said Rob Klepper, a spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Commission. The families were told they could come forward with the information "in their own time," Keppler said.

Perry's parents, Pamela Cohen and Nick Korniloff, told the "Palm Beach Post" of the find on Saturday.

"This is an open missing persons case, and we hope that FWC reopens their investigation and utilizes the expert resources of other government agencies as well as the private sector if necessary to extrapolate the data from the recovered iPhone," Cohen and Korniloff said in a statement released to NBC News.

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The boat is set to arrive in the U.S. in mid-May, and "personal effects that were on-board the boat will be returned to the families of the victims, and subsequent information retrieval efforts from any of those items will be at their discretion," Keppler said.

The Coast Guard called off the search for the teens a week after they went missing after covering nearly 50,000-square nautical miles along a stretch that extended from the shore of Jupiter to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.

The families ended their own personally funded search for the two on Aug. 10. "We love our boys and want them home. Today, our hope becomes our prayer — that one day Perry and Austin will be returned to us," the families said in a statement at the time.

The Coast Guard had initially located the teens' boat, capsized, two days after they went missing, but when a salvage crew returned 12 hours later to secure the boat, it was gone.

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Boat belonging to missing Florida teens, Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, found off Bermuda coast
This combination made from photos provided by the U.S. Coast Guard shows Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, both 14 years old. Cohen and Stephanos were last seen Friday afternoon, July 24, 2015, in the Jupiter, Fla. area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat before embarking on a fishing trip. (U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
Candles with handwritten messages saying "Come Home Safe" and "Hold on Boys" were seen at Jupiter Inlet in Jupiter, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday. Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have been missing since July 24, when they took a small boat out of the inlet. (Bruce R. Bennett/Palm Beach Post via AP)
A sign at Tequesta's First Presbyterian Church reads "Praying for Austin & Perry and their families" Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday. Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have been missing since July 24. (Bruce R. Bennett/Palm Beach Post via AP)
A teak plaque topped by a clear lighthouse as a tribute to missing teens Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen is displayed at Jupiter Inlet in Jupiter, Fla., Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015. After hundreds of rescue workers fanned out across a massive swath of the Atlantic for a full week, the Coast Guard's search for two teenage fishermen ended Friday. Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen have been missing since July 24, when they took a small boat out of the inlet. (Bruce R. Bennett/Palm Beach Post via AP)
Volunteers take donations during a fundraiser for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen at the Square Grouper in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2015. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post)
Carolyn Vought, left, and Vickie Partlow hug during a fundraiser for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen at the Square Grouper in Jupiter, Fla., Friday, July 31, 2015. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
Joe Floyd, a relative of Austin Stephanos, reads a poem during a fundraiser to help continue the search for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, at the Square Grouper, Friday, July 31, 2015 in Jupiter, Fla. (Richard Graulich / The Palm Beach Post via AP)
A banner hangs at the Castaways Marina with pictures of Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen. After 8 days of searching the ocean, the U.S. Coast Guard ended their search for the boys. Friends and relatives attended a fundraiser at the Square Grouper, Friday, July 31, 2015 in Jupiter, Fla. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
Girls wear t-shirts they bought at to help fund the ongoing private search for Nick Cohen and Austin Stephanos who have been missing since they took their boat out of the Jupiter Inlet, Friday, during a fundraiser at Jumby Bay Island Grill, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
People fill the Jumby Bay Island Grill, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla., during a fundraiser to pay for private search efforts for Nick Cohen and Austin Stephanos who have been missing since they took their boat out of the Jupiter Inlet Friday. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
Andrew Grubowski, 10, of Palm City, Fla., releases a lantern during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The two teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
People join hands during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Camarda, left, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Matthews scour the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Savannah, Ga., Tuesday, July 28, 2015, looking for two missing teenage boaters. Camarda and Matthews are crew members from Air Station Clearwater, Florida. (AP Photo/Tamara Lush)
In this image released by the U.S. Coast Guard, Petty Officer 1st Class Mike Crosby, right, scans the surface of the Atlantic Ocean through his binoculars while in the cockpit of a Coast Guard HC-130J, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, while searching for Florida teens Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos, Tuesday, July 28, 2015. The Coast Guard pressed ahead with a fifth day of searches for the boys while their families coordinated air searches of their own. (Senior Chief Petty Officer Sarah B. Foster/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)
Nick Korniloff, second from right, talks with Tequesta police officers outside of his home Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. Korniloff is the stepfather of Perry Cohen, one of two teenagers who have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Pictures of Perry Cohen, left, and Austin Stephanos, right, are on display at fundraiser at Jumby Bay Island Grill, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Jupiter, Fla., during a fundraiser to pay for private search efforts for Nick Cohen andAustin Stephanos who have been missing since they took their boat out of the Jupiter Inlet Friday. (Richard Graulich/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
Mary Kaye Hagenbuch, center, says a prayer for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen during a prayer vigil at Jupiter Lighthouse Park, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. The teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Fla., north through Savannah, Ga. Also pictured are, from left, Hunter Wilkinson, Susan Wilkinson, Lauren Wilkinson, Susie Mydock, second from right, and Rob Hagenbuch (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
Carly Black, center, mother of Austin Stephanos, one of the missing teenage fishermen, listens as the U.S. Coast Guard makes a statement outside of the homes of the two teenagers missing since a fishing trip last Friday, Wednesday, July 29, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. The Coast Guard announced that the search for Nick Cohen and Austin Stephanos continues. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Heather Kenney, right, of Jensen Beach, Fla., stands with her son Xander, 11, during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The two teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Lilly Folds lights paper lanterns during a candlelight vigil and paper balloon release at Jupiter Inlet Park, Monday, July 27, 2015, for teenagers Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen in Jupiter, Fla. The teens were last seen Friday afternoon buying fuel near Jupiter and were believed to have been heading toward the Bahamas. (Thomas Cordy/The Palm Beach Post via AP)
Two girls embrace during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Julia Wolf, 16, left, and Jordan Harley, right, both of Stuart, Fla., hold candles during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The two teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Carl Hodges, of Stuart, Fla., right, reads a prayer during a vigil for Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Stuart, Fla. The teenagers have been missing since last Friday when they went out on a boat to go fishing from Tequesta, Fla. A search continues for the boys from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Florida, north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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A man talks to a police officer outside the house of one of the two missing 14-year-old fishermen, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. The Coast Guard says a boat belonging to the boys has been found off Florida's Atlantic coast but neither boy was in or around the boat. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A group of people hug before leaving the house of one of the two missing 14-year-old fishermen, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. The Coast Guard said a boat belonging to the boys has been found off Florida's Atlantic coast but neither boy was in or around the boat. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
A police car sits in the driveway of the house of one of the two missing 14-year-old fishermen, Sunday, July 26, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. The Coast Guard said a boat belonging to the boys has been found off Florida's Atlantic coast but neither boy was in or around the boat. Perry Cohen and Austin Stephanos were last seen Friday in the Jupiter area buying fuel for their 19-foot boat. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)
Caden Key, 14, of Jupiter, Fla., talks with the news media after fueling his jet ski at the JIB Club Marina, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. Key knew of the two Florida teens who've been missing since Friday, July 24, who were last seen fueling their boat at this marina before heading out to fish. The search continues for the boys, from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Fla., north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Katie Kleinman, 14, of Jupiter, Fla., talks with the media as she and a friend stopped to fuel their jet ski at the JIB Club Marina, Tuesday, July 28, 2015, in Tequesta, Fla. Kleinman knew the two Florida teens who've been missing since Friday, July 24, who were last seen fueling their boat at this marina before heading out to fish. The search continues for the boys, from the Atlantic waters off Daytona Beach, Fla., north through Savannah, Ga. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
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