Coast Guard searches for three overdue boaters off Matagorda

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is currently searching for three overdue boaters approximately 70 nautical miles off the Matagorda coast, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 9 p.m. from the Matagorda Police Department Saturday, reporting three men overdue from a fishing trip. The men were scheduled to return home at 2 p.m. but failed to do so. The wife of the owner of the boat reported that the men launched the 23-foot center console catamaran from Riverbend in the vicinity of Matagorda. They were headed for a fishing destination approximately 70 to 80 nautical miles off the Matagorda coast.

At approximately 1:30 p.m. Saturday, crewmembers from an offshore oil rig reported seeing the 23-foot catamaran with the three men on board.

The owner of the boat, James Phillips, age 30, from Blessing, was reported to be wearing green shorts and a t-shirt. Fellow fisherman Curtis Hall, age 28, from Palacios, was reported to be wearing cut-off fishing shorts.

The Coast Guard is asking anyone with information regarding the location of three men to contact watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston at (713) 678-9053.

The following Coast Guard assests have joined in the search and rescue effort:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Manowar, homeported in Galveston
  • Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65C rescue helicopter and crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HU-25 Falcon jet and crew

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