Coast Guard rescues missing boater from Nueces Bay

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard rescued a man after his 20-foot boat was beached near Nueces Bay, Tuesday.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a telephone call from the man’s son-in-law at 6:48 p.m., Monday, reporting that his father-in-law had not returned as planned from a fishing trip.

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter to search Nueces Bay and Corpus Christi Bay. Station Port Aransas dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat – Small to search Corpus Christi Bay. The searchers did not find any sign of the missing boater Monday night.

The search resumed at first light today, and the Dolphin rescue crew located the missing boater on the shore of Nueces Bay, 500 yards from the Nueces Bait Stand at 7:24 a.m.

“The man’s son-in-law actually reported a possible target from his view at the bait stand, and it turned out to be his father,” said Lt. j.g. Derek Wilson. “From the initial report to his own search efforts from the shoreline, the son played a huge role in assisting with the search.”

The man’s 20-foot boat became disabled Monday night and was adrift until early this morning when it reached the shore.

The Corpus Christi Police Department, Harbor Police and Marina Security also assisted with the search.

No injuries were reported.

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