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Boaters lost at sea between Key West and Honduras

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In this Sept. 9, 2018 photo, Rudy Emus Alfred, 19, dives for sea cucumbers near Cay Savannah, in the Miskito coast, Honduras. According to Miskito mythology, the mermaid Liwa Mairin punishes divers who over harvest from the sea with what divers call “el golpe” or “fracasar”, also known as the bends. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

A family in crisis is searching for two men who were on their way from Key West to Guanaja, Honduras, when they went missing at sea.

Christopher Bush Sr., a 51-year-old Miami Native and Navy Veteran, and his 69-year-old cousin Dionisio Sanchez, the boats captain, were in one boat and towing a second.

They set sail on May 5 but by May 8 they lost an engine and the last their families heard from them was a happy Mother’s Day message over satellite phone.

“I’ve been trying to hold it together,” said Christopher Bush Jr., who is now desperately trying to find them.

Bush Jr. left his Broward home Monday and headed to Honduras to help in the search.

He says the men went missing 133 miles from Guanaja on May 10.

“After that we lost contact with them and it’s just been a search from here,” Bush Jr. said.

The family has reached out to the U.S. Coast Guard but “they can’t do much because it’s in Caribbean waters.

“They just helped with the drift routes from their location.”

Lt. Cmdr. Jason Neiman. a public affairs officer for the Coast Guard sent a message to Local 10 News saying: “Guard District 7 watch standers, on behalf of RCC Honduras, issued an Enhanced Group Calling message to mariners transiting the area to be on the look out for the vessel.

Bush Jr. is working tirelessly to raise money online to expand the effort to look for his father, his cousin and two vessels.

“We’re just trying to keep a positive outlook trying to get the most help we can”

He said he’s hoping to hire a private planes to do flyover searches around Mexico, the Cayman Islands.