MOBILE, Ala. -- Searchers are not giving up hope as they continue to scour Mobile Bay for any signs of the two fishermen who disappeared on Tuesday.

Missing boaters

Floyd Nelson, left, and David Stegman

Multiple agencies and the United Cajun Navy were out on the water on Saturday, less than 24 hours after the Coast Guard stopped its search.

Eighty-three-year-old fisherman Floyd Nelson and his deckhand, 49-year-old David Stegman, are both unaccounted for.

“We still be on scene until we find someone or recover,” said Capt. John Richardson from the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office. “We do not abandon the people at a time like this.”

The fisherman’s boat was found capsized on Thursday in the water north of Gaillard Island, without any trace of either men.

"It's a routine event for them. As I said Mr. Nelson is almost 84 years old and I’ve known him my entire career. He's a very good fishermen a mentor to other fishermen. So this is not a new environment for them so it looks like some unexpected weather may have gotten to them,” said Colonel Scott Bannon, director of Alabama Marine Resources Division.

While the Coast Guard was involved they searched more than 2,000 square miles.

On Saturday, rescuers from multiple agencies, including Daphne Search and Rescue, used sonar in hopes of locating the missing men.

“We're getting back in the water again today, in partnership with Daphne Search and Rescue running sonar and dragging chains seeing if we can locate anything,” said Jacques Michel with the United Cajun Navy.

For searchers, the longer this takes the prospects of finding them alive is getting slimmer.

“Without flotation devices, without good communication, it's very hard for rescue and recovery to work,” Michel said.

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