Coast Guard, Police, good Samaritan continue search for missing fisherman

A good Samaritan aboard the tugboat, Ian Earle, sits next to the 54-foot shrimp boat, Regina Pacis, after it was seen spinning in circles with gear set in the channel with no one aboard. Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew and an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin aircrew. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Rodriquez

The tugboat, Ian Earle, sits next to the 54-foot shrimp boat, Regina Pacis, after it was seen spinning in circles with gear set in the channel with no one aboard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Rodriquez

HOUSTON — Coast Guard crews continue to search for a fisherman in the Houston Ship Channel near Eagle Point, Saturday.

Missing is Ba Van Nguyen, 49-years-old.

“We’ve saturated the area and have covered 272 square miles with the help of the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office and a good Samaritan covering the shoreline,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Belinda Blackman, a Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston search and rescue watchstander.

A Coast Guard Station Houston boatcrew discovered Nguyen’s personal belongs on the boat when they arrived on scene. The boatcrew was able to recover the fishing nets, which were deployed in the water. Both nets were found empty. ,

“Thanks to the sharp lookout aboard the good Samaritan tugboat, the Coast Guard was able to identify that the vessel was in distress and launch search and rescue assets to the location, which enabled a prompt and ongoing search,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kathryn Carlin, a Coast Guard Station Galveston watchstander.

Assets involved in the search efforts:

  • A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin aircrew
  • A Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot response boat crew
  • Coast Guard Station Houston 29-foot response boat crews
  • Galveston County Sheriff’s Office
  • Good Samaritan vessel

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