Coast Guard suspends search for boater near Colorado River

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

USCG File Photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday afternoon for a missing boater involved in a vessel capsizing offshore of the mouth of the Colorado River.

The three-day search was suspended after Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi and Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter crews, boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Freeport, as well as Matagorda County Sheriff officers and Texas Parks and Wildlife responders, conducted an extensive water and shoreline search.

“Suspending a search is one of the hardest decisions we ever have to make,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, sector commander of Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. “Our prayers are with the families of both boaters during this tragic and trying time.”

The Coast Guard could continue the search if more information about the boater becomes available.

Watchstanders at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi received the initial report Saturday at approximately 10:30 a.m. from a good Samaritan who witnessed a 16-foot pleasure craft carrying four boaters without lifejackets on capsize.

An urgent marine information broadcast was issued and a Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 helicopter crew was launched to the scene.

Two boaters were rescued by Matagorda County Sheriff officers and a good Samaritan. A third boater was later discovered deceased near the capsized vessel.

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