Coast Guard searching for two missing fishermen in Brazos River

HOUSTON - A Coast Guard Air Station Houston HH65C Dolphin helicopter crew flies past the Fred Hartman bridge while on patrol along the Houston Ship Channel here, Monday, April 30, 2007. Air Station Houston is responsibile for an area that stretches from Lake Charles, La., to Freeport, Texas, conducting missions, training and patrols within that area. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mario Romero.HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is searching a missing father and son who were last seen Tuesday morning, before fishing on the Brazos River south of Freeport, Texas.

Missing are Phillip and Brandon Orr.

The Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department contacted Coast Guard Station Freeport at about 9:20 a.m., to report finding an unmanned boat doing circles on the river north of the Intracoastal Waterway on the Brazos River. Upon further inspection, the keys were in the ignition and both cell phones were left on the boat.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston responded by diverting Station Freeport and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston. Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department and emergency medical services are also on scene and assisting.

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