Coast Guard searches for missing boater near Galveston, Texas – The Observer

Coast Guard searches for missing boater near Galveston, Texas

Posted 10:07am on Friday, September 23, 2022

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is looking for a 65On Friday, a one-year-old man who disappeared while boating near Galveston, Texas.

Lack is a 5 feet 9 inches, white man last seen wearing board shorts, t-shirt and cap. It is not known if the man is wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center watchmen received a call around 7 p.m. Thursday from a woman saying her father was aboard a broken down 19-foot boat and needed help to close to Galveston piers.

Watchstanders broadcast a request for maritime assistance and launched a medium crew of 45ft response boats from Coast Guard Station Galveston to assist.

As the RB-M crew arrived on scene and began to search for the vessel, watch officers from the command center sent the man i911 pings to pinpoint his exact location. The man only accepted the first ping; subsequent requests went unanswered. After searching near Galveston Fairway Anchorage and launching a flare to get the boater’s attention, the crew of the RB-M did not locate the disabled vessel.

Aat 9:15 p.m., Bayou City pilots came across an unmanned, drifting Blue Wave vessel with a registration number matching that of the man’s boat near the entrance to the Galveston Canal. The boat crew from Galveston Station turned away to the location while a Coast Guard Air Station MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew swooped in to search for the boater. A Texas Parks & Wildlife Department boat crew also joined the search.

Additionally, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Hawk, an 87-foot coastal patrol vessel based in Galveston, joined the search Friday morning.

Are concerned by the research:

  • Galveston Coastguard Station
  • Houston Coast Guard Air Station
  • Corpus Christi Coast Guard Air Station
  • Coast Guard Cutter Falcon
  • Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife

Anyone with information that may help search efforts should contact the Houston-Galveston area at (281) 464-4851.

For more information, follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Comments are closed.