Search continues for missing person near Port Aransas Jetties

8th Coast Guard District NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard continues searching for a man who went missing off the coast of Mustang Island, approximately three miles south of the Port Aransas Jetties, Monday.

The Coast Guard planned to continue searching Monday evening. The Coast Guard Cutter Brant, an 87-foot Coastal Patrol Boat, will assist in the search throughout the night. The Coast Guard has search an area totaling more than 400 square miles, which is larger than the city of Dallas.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report from the Port Aransas Police Department at approximately 2:50 p.m., Sunday, that four men had gone swimming in the area. Two men safely returned to shore, and the remaining two required assistance.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew were launched from Station Port Aransas. Rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi conducted multiple searches with both the HU-25 Falcon jet and MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter. A boatcrew from Station Port Aransas searched continuously Sunday night into Monday morning.

The Port Aransas Police Department recovered one man Sunday, who was unresponsive. Port Aransas Fire Department Beach Rescue, Port Aransas Police Department, and the Coast Guard Auxiliary are also assisting in the search.

“The Coast Guard is working diligently, using multiple air and surface resources, to locate the missing man and reunite him with his family” said Lt. Steven Vanderlaske, public affairs officer for Sector Corpus Christi.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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