Coast Guard locates body of missing fisherman off Bolivar Peninsula

Coast Guard News from America's HeartlandHOUSTON — Coast Guard and Galveston County Sheriff’s Office personnel recovered the body of a missing wade fisherman off Bolivar Peninsula near Roll Over Pass, Tuesday morning.

A fisherman contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at 8:50 a.m., stating that his 33-year-old friend had been wade fishing near Roll Over Pass and was carried approximately 300 yards off shore by strong currents.

Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched a rescue crew aboard a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter at 9:25 a.m.

The helicopter crew located the man’s body at 9:40 a.m., approximately 1 mile east of where he was reported missing. The helicopter crew guided a Galveston County Sheriff’s jet ski patrol to the location of the body and lowered a rescue swimmer to assist with the recovery.

The man was transported to a nearby beach where emergency medical services pronounced him deceased.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of the fisherman,” stated Zack Edwards, a watchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston “The Coast Guard would like to remind all fishermen to be aware of strong currents and if at all possible to wear a life jacket when out on the water.”

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