Coast Guard Suspends Search for Missing Texas Hunter

HOUSTON – After an expansive three-day effort, the Coast Guard has suspended the search for Matt Hoover, a 24-year-old hunter who went missing somewhere in the Trinity Bay area.

A helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston conducted a first-light search this morning and a rescue boat from Coast Guard Station Galveston searched the waters until nightfall tonight.

Three different helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Houston searched a total of over 23 hours, finding Hoover’s capsized 16-foot boat, duck decoys, a fuel tank and two life jackets. Aircrews used night vision goggles and infrared cameras attempting to find Hoover, after he was reported missing the afternoon of Jan. 15.

Coast Guard rescue boats from Galveston and Houston also spent a total of over 40 hours on the water searching.

Assisting the Coast Guard’s search efforts in the waters of Trinity Bay and surrounding areas, were boats from Texas Parks and Wildlife, a dive crew from Galveston Police Department and numerous volunteer search teams consisting of friends and family of Hoover.

Source: USCG D8 Public Affairs

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