Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater near Rockport, Texas

An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

USCG File Photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard suspended a search Monday for a boater who was reported missing by a good Samaritan over the weekend in Copano Bay.

Missing is Kevin Ferrel, 53, of Rockport.

Searches were conducted by crews aboard Texas Parks and Wildlife Department boats, Sea Tow boats, Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane and Coast Guard Station Port Aransas small boat crews.

Search efforts covered more than 240 square miles.

Saturday at 2:02 p.m., a good Samaritan called 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 one 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. Saturday, to fish around the Newcomb’s Point area.

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