Coast Guard Searching for Missing Fishing Guide

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Coast Guard units responded today to a 55 year old male who fell overboard 1/2 mile off Corpus Christi Marina.

Captain John Wooten of Kingsville, TX and two mechanics from Gunderland Marine Supply were troubleshooting Wooten’s 21 foot Skeeter fishing boat when a mechanical failure occurred.

The boat was reported to have been at a high speed when a hydraulic failure caused the boat to make a sharp turn and Wooten to fall overboard. Wooten was not wearing a life jacket.

The mechanics onboard regained control of the boat and relocated Wooten, but when one of the mechanics jumped in the water to assist, Wooten was not able to be found. The mechanics immediately radioed the Coast Guard on channel 16 for help at approximately 12:00 p.m.

Two Coast Guard rescue boat crews from Station Port Aransas, Texas responded to the call along with a Coast Guard HH-65 helicopter crew from Air Station Corpus Christi. A 29 square mile search area was covered today, and the search for Wooten will continue at sunrise tomorrow morning.

Corpus Christi Marina Rescue, Corpus Christi Port Police, and Corpus Christi Police Department Divers assisted in today’s search for Wooten.

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