Coast Guard searching for man after his personal water craft breaks down

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for a man who went missing after a personal water craft he was riding reportedly broke down 3 miles off Holly Beach in Calcasieu Pass, La. last night.

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 9:25 p.m. June 3, 2009, from the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office reporting there were two males on a personal water craft off Holly Beach requiring assistance. One of the males had safely made it to shore and was in the care of the Cameron County Sheriff’s Office. Officers lost sight of the second male after a storm passed through the area.

A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sabine was dispatched to begin the search. An MH-65C rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston was launched, and the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Manta was also dispatched to assist in the search.

All three Coast Guard assets are currently on scene this morning conducting a search in the vicinity of the area the man was last reported.

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