UPDATE: Rescue Crews Continue Search for Lost Port Canaveral Boaters, Next 24 Hours Critical

12,600 square miles were covered on Tuesday and a total of 69,000 square miles were covered

WATCH: U.S. Coast Guard crews, multiple partner agencies and good samaritans continue to search for the overdue Port Canaveral boaters Brian McCluney and Justin Walker. On Tuesday Morning, an HC-130 search plane and two CBP C-130 planes conducted a first light search and two 87-foot patrol boats and a fast response cutter searched through the night and remain on scene, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials. (Fox News video)

(FOX NEWS) – Authorities say they are ramping up the search for two missing firefighters who set out by boat last week from the Florida coast and asked personal boat owners as far away as Savanah, Ga., to assist in the search.

Jacksonville Interim Fire Chief Keith Powers said the agency was calling for as “many boats” as could be mustered Tuesday in the ongoing search for Brian McCluney and Justin Walker.

The firefighters departed last Friday on their outing aboard a 24-foot vessel from Port Canaveral.

“We are absolutely in a race against time,” U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Mark Vlaun told News4Jax.com. Officials said that this is still “very much a rescue effort.”

The captain said 12,600 square miles were covered on Tuesday and a total of 69,000 square miles were covered. He called the next 24 hours “critical.”

“We’re going to continue to throw everything we have at this until we reach a point where we know we can’t be successful,” he said.

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On Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard aircrews from Air Station Clearwater and Elizabeth City conducted multiple search patterns yesterday alongside Navy P-8 planes and CBP C-130 aircraft. (USCG image)

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