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The boat used by Austin Stephanos and Perry Cohen when they disappeared last July have been recovered and is now on its way back to the U.S.
The boat was found 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda by a supply ship heading to Norway. Some personal belongings, including an iPhone was found with the boat.
Today the family of Perry Cohen released a statement thanking the ship's captain:
"The actions of yourself, crew and company will hopefully provide more details for us with hopes of finding out what exactly happened to our son and his friend."
At the Jupiter Inlet, a memorial remains for Austin and Perry, gone now for nearly 9 months.
"Terrible tragedy," says Dick Young of Palm Beach Gardens. "I was amazed that the boat hadn't been run across before now."
Perry and Austin disappeared last July after leaving the Jupiter Inlet for a fishing trip.
The U.S. Coast Guard found their boat two days later off the coast of New Smyrna Beach. When they went to retrieve the vessel, it was gone.
The search was called off a week after they disappeared after covering nearly 50,000 square miles along a stretch extending from the shore of Jupiter to South Carolina.
Last month, A Norwegian supply boat found the boat 100 miles off the coast of Bermuda identified by a serial number.
The boat carrying several personal items including Austin's iPhone.
Perry's mother Pamela issued a statement:
This begs the question, can anything be retrieved from the device?
"That phone could potentially be chalked full of data," says IT expert Alan Crowetz with InfoStream.
Crowetz says it may be difficult to recover due to several factors.
"If you're in salt water, it's almost like battery acid. It's very corrosive, very damaging even under regular water there's a chance, but under salt water it takes up another notch," says Crowetz.
He says a specialist would likely be brought in to examine the phone.
The boat will return to the U.S. in mid-May.
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