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Perry Cohen's Family Files Wrongful Death Suit Against Friend's Relatives

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By    |   Monday, 24 Jul 2017 09:06 AM

The family of Perry Cohen, a teenager who disappeared during a fishing trip with friend Austin Stephanos off the coast of Florida two years ago, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the other family.

Pamela Cohen claims in court documents that the Stephanos family was negligent in allowing the boys to take a boat into the ocean amidst reports of the bad weather on the horizon, the Miami Herald reported. An Atlantic storm with winds up to 40 miles per hour hit July 24, 2015, and was believed to have sunk the boat the teens were in.

"If he was not permitted to travel into the ocean, against his mother's explicit wishes, and despite promises she received from defendants that they would honor her wishes, Perry would be alive today," the lawsuit states, according to the Herald.

The boys, both 14, grew up in the West Palm Beach suburb of Tequesta, just north of Jupiter.

"The reality is they were in diapers on the sandbar as kids and grew up snorkeling and fishing," Cohen's stepfather, Nick Korniloff, told the Miami Herald at the time. "Perry tried baseball and skateboarding, but if you put a fishing rod in front of him — on the water is where he wants to be."

Pamela Cohen charged in the lawsuit that she allowed her son to sleep over his friend's house so the boys could go fishing in the river; she did not believe they would go into the ocean. She claimed that Austin Stephanos' grandfather, Richard Kuntz, though, knew of their plans and left them $100 to buy fuel for a boat that had no radio, GPS, or emergency beacon, the newspaper noted.

WPEC-TV stated that, according to a report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the hull of the Seacraft boat the boys were in was spotted July 26, 2015, by a helicopter 67 miles east of Ponce de Leon inlet in Volusia County without the boys aboard.

Carly Black, Stephanos' mother, rejected Cohen's lawsuit claims in a statement Sunday.

"The evidence will contradict these allegations made by the Cohens' attorney at his Friday press conference on the courthouse steps, as well as the claims made in this lawsuit," the statement said. "This loss was a tragedy for both families, and this course of protracted litigation chosen by the Cohen family will not bring the boys back."

"In spite of recent events, Carly and her family continue to honor the lives and special friendship between Perry and Austin and the extraordinary efforts of an entire community two years ago. As result of the filing of the lawsuit, Carly and her attorneys will not be able to make any further public statements at this time and would encourage the Cohens and their attorneys to do the same," the statement continued.

Stephanos father, Blu Stephanos, said in a statement that he had no idea of the boys' plans and actually went out to search of them after learning that they were missing, WPEC-TV reported.

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