.......Originally Posted by USCG
This story keeps getting worse:
Joe Branam last saw Jake and Kelley Branam about noon Saturday, when they dropped off their daughter, 3, and 4-month-old son.
"Two men chartered them to take them to Bimini and to meet some girls on a mega yacht there," the elder Branam said.
Jake and Kelley Branam had plan to catch some swordfish on their return and arrive Sunday to pick up their children, he said
The two posts below are the latest news on this. My wife and I chartered this boat in July, they took us out and are a great crew. Allison brought in a shark, and we have a picture of her with Scott and the shark. It is disturbing what has happened, we are upset. They live in the Scarface house on Star Island, with their whole family, nice young people.
Lets hope they are Okay.
Latest update.. Interesting, maybe there is hope..
Search under way after boat crew disappears
Two men chartered boat in Miami Beach on Saturday for trip to Bimini
Search began when boat didn't return on schedule Sunday
Coast Guard found empty boat, then two passengers in a life raft
No sign of boat's four-person crew; two passengers being questioned
From Susan Candiotti and Rich Phillips
MIAMI, Florida (CNN) -- The FBI is searching for the four-person crew of a Miami Beach charter boat as part of an investigation into what a bureau spokeswoman called "a possible crime on the seas."
Relatives of the crew of the 47-foot charter fishing boat Joe Cool called authorities Sunday evening to say the vessel had not returned as scheduled after being hired Saturday afternoon.
Late Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard spotted the boat floating 160 miles south of Bimini with no one on board, its contents in disarray and one life raft aboard.
"It looks like whoever was on board left in a hurry," Coast Guard Petty Officer James Judge said.
Missing are the boat's captain, Jake Branam; his wife, Kelly; and crew members Scott Campbell and Sammy Cary.
A Coast Guard helicopter spotted the boat's second life raft, containing the two men who had chartered it, about 12 miles north of the empty boat and took them to a Coast Guard cutter, where the FBI questioned them.
The men have been identified as Kirby Archer and Guillermo Zarabozo. Police said that the men chartered the boat from the Miami Beach Marina for what was described as a planned trip to Bimini.
"We're investigating this as a possible crime on the seas," FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said.
Police would not say what, if anything, the two rescued men have said.
Investigators are checking to see whether Archer is a 35-year-old fugitive with the same name who has been missing since January, when he allegedly stole more than $92,000 in cash from a Wal-Mart in Batesville, Arkansas.
"We want to go on more than a photograph," Orihuela said.
Independence County, Arkansas, Sheriff Keith Bowers said that the man wanted in his state is a manager responsible for collecting cash from store registers who allegedly hid some money in a microwave box and then walked out of the store.
"That was the last anyone's seen of him," Bowers said.
The second man being questioned is Zarabozo, a 19-year-old from Hialeah.
Miami TV station WPLG reported the men paid for the charter with $4,000 in $20 bills, saying they were construction surveyors.
"I don't think the crew ever made it to Bimini. I think the boat did. I don't think they did," the captain's uncle, Jeff Branam, told WPLG. "I'd like to think they dropped them off somewhere, but I don't know."
CNN's Cristy Lenz contributed to this report.
That is BS.....those two should fry.
The story definately sounds "fishy". I hope the best for the families.
Reminds me of the guy that dissapeared last year with the Donzi coming back from Bahamas.
just heard on local radio that they believe that the crew was tossed overboard, but archer and bozo( were heading to cuba according to the gps) were to stupid to operate the boat,we need to bring back public hangings,i am f**King sick over this .
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