Coast Guard searches for man in Copano bay

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — The Coast Guard, along with the Rockport Police Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife, is conducting a search for a 31-year-old man, Shay Fahrenthold, who went missing in Copano Bay, 16 miles north of Port Aransas, yesterday evening.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Port Aransas received a call yesterday at 5:53 p.m. from Texas Parks and Wildlife reporting a missing man in Copano Bay. The missing man along with three other people abandoned their disabled 10-foot boat after it started taking on water. Two people on the boat successfully swam to shore and another person was recovered by Texas Parks and Wildlife.

A HH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Corpus Christi was launched to search the area. Station Port Aransas dispatched a rescue boat crew to assist in the search.

The Coast Guard, Rockport Police Department, and Texas Parks and Wildlife plan to continue searching the area this afternoon and early tomorrow morning with aircraft and boats.

Anyone with information about the missing man is encouraged to contact the Coast Guard at 361 939-6393.

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