Coast Guard continues search for missing man from capsized fishing vessel

D8 LogoHOUSTON — A Coast Guard rescue boatcrew is continuing to search for a missing man near Cedar Bayou, near Houston, after the fishing vessel he was on capsized Monday afternoon.

Cedar Bayou Channel from light buoy 6 to 18 is temporarily closed to allow for crews to continue search efforts. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston was scheduled to resume an aerial search for the man at first light Tuesday.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call from Harris County, stating that a vessel had capsized, sending four people into the water. Watchstanders dispatched an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Houston and a rescue boatcrew aboard a 29-foot Response Boat – Small from Station Houston to respond.

A Port of Houston Fireboat boatcrew recovered two, who were on top on the 41-foot fishing vessel, Mr. Anthony, and later utilized the Jaw’s of life to free a woman who was trapped underneath the vessel. A dive team from Harris County was also on scene searching for the missing man.

“Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston crews thus far have conducted a total of six searches covering a total of 19 miles of coverage, saturating an area less than 2 miles in size,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Kyle Holbrook, an operations specialist at Sector Houston-Galveston. “Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston has also been assisted in its ongoing search by its port-partners and other government agencies, including Chambers County Sheriff’s office, who provided two airboats to search the shallow water portions of Cedar Bayou, Port of Houston Fireboat 3, Harris County Dive team and Bayport EMS. Search efforts will continue throughout the night. Additional searches are planned to be conducted by Coast Guard Air Station Houston and Coast Guard Station Houston at first light.”

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