Coast Guard searching for possible missing persons after boat fire near Freeport, Texas

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65D Dolphin file photo. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick)

Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65D Dolphin file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Kendrick

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for possible missing persons after a vessel caught fire and sank Monday afternoon approximately 3 miles south of the San Bernard River.

At 2:45 p.m., a good Samaritan reported sighting flames and smoke just south of the San Bernard River to Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Freeport response boatcrew were diverted to the location. Upon arrival, the 25-foot vessel was burned beyond identification and sank shortly after.

“Our number one priority is the preservation of human life,” said Lt. Mike Hart, chief duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. “We have several assets actively searching for any possible missing persons.”

Coast Guard crews will continue to search throughout the night.

Anyone with information regarding the vessel fire should contact Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at (281) 464-4853.

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