Searchers Say They Are in a “Race Against Time” to Find Two Missing Firefighters

Justin Walker and Brian McCluney. (Image credit: Jacksonville Association of Firefighters – IAFF Local 122/Facebook)

Time may be running out, but the faith of the wife of a firefighter still missing at sea is still strong. The search has been on for five days for two firefighters who set out on a fishing expedition from the coast of Florida but never came home.

As searchers continued to look for Jacksonville, Florida, firefighter Brian McCluney and Fairfax, Virginia, firefighter Justin Walker in tens of thousands of miles of the Atlantic Ocean, rescue crews still hung to hope of finding the pair alive. But they admitted they are in a “race against time.”

“Time has become our enemy,” Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Chief Keith Powers told television station WJXT. “Something’s got to happen.”

As CBN News reported, the two men were reported missing Friday night when they did not return from a fishing trip they went on earlier that same day from Port Canaveral.

A major search operation covering an area from Florida to as far as Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, has involved boats, aircraft and drones that, according to reports, have covered more than 90,000 square miles.

But Stephanie McCluney, the wife of the missing Jacksonville firefighter, has not given up yet.

“We’ve got to get one eye to see. All it takes is one eye, but it takes a multitude out there. That is a big space. It is a bigger God. He’s going to bring him home,” she said Tuesday.

Natasha Walker, the wife of the missing Fairfax, Virginia firefighter, boarded a search plane Tuesday to help look for her husband.

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