Coast Guard searching for man off San Jose Island, Texas

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard is searching for a 37-year-old San Antonio man missing from a boat that sank Sunday off of Port Aransas.

At approximately 1 p.m., the crew of the oil rig supply vessel Go America notified Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center watchstanders that they picked three people up out of the water offshore of San Jose Island and that there was another man missing.

It was reported that four San Antonio men were fishing near oil rigs east of Port O’Connor. Their 25-foot center console boat sank Saturday, before they could call for help. They were wearing life jackets and drifted overnight. The Go America crew found two men together, then another man alone. The three rescued men told the Coast Guard that their missing friend was last seen with two lifejackets.

The Coast Guard watchstanders launched two crews on 45-foot response boats, one from Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor and one from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas, the Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead, an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station/Sector Corpus Christi, and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed wing surveillance aircraft crew from Coast Guard Air Station Mobile, Alabama. The watchstanders are also making Urgent Marine Information Broadcasts for all vessels in the area to keep a look out for the man.

The Coast Guard will continue to search with boats, cutters, and aircraft. The man is 5-foot 11-inches tall, 185 pounds with black hair, last seen wearing a gray shirt and gray sweatpants and a red life jacket. If anyone has any additional information that may assist the search effort, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center at 361-939-6393 or on the radio at VHF Marine Channel 16.

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