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Fairfax Co. Firefighter Missing in Florida Never Returned From Fishing Trip

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A Virginia firefighter and another man are missing after they didn't return from a fishing trip in Florida, U.S. Coast Guard officials say.

Justin Walker, a master technician for the Fairfax County Fire Department, went boating with Brian McCluney near Port Canaveral on Friday, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

Walker and McCluney were last seen leaving the 300 Christopher Columbus boat ramp in a 24-foot center console boat heading toward "8A" reef, according to the Coast Guard.

A surveillance photo shows them at the ramp Friday morning.

Family members told Coast Guard watchstanders when the men didn't return as expected Friday night and authorities have used multiple boats and a search plane to try to find them.

The Navy has also participated in the search.

Authorities are asking anyone with information to call the Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center at 904-714-7558.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story erroneously reported the men went on a fishing trip in the Jacksonville area. They went fishing near Port Canaveral.

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