Coast Guard searching for missing boater near Corpus Christi, Texas

An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

USCG File Photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard is searching for a recreational boater who went missing Saturday afternoon in Copano Bay.

Missing is Kevin Ferrel, 53, was last seen wearing blue jeans and a long sleeve white shirt.

At 2:02 p.m., a good Samaritan called Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi to report a small pleasure craft found idling with a fishing pole and cell phone in it, but no one aboard, approximately a half mile south of Newcomb Point in Copano Bay.

Texas Parks & Wildlife Department found Ferrel’s phone aboard his boat and contacted his wife. She reported that he left at 12:30 p.m. to fish around the Newcomb’s Point area.

At 2:33 p.m., a Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched with Coast Guard Station Port Aransas small boat crews to conduct searches. Texas Parks & Wildlife Department crews assisted with search efforts in shallow waters.

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