Coast Guard Auxiliary member locates missing boaters near South Padre Island

Coast Guard Auxiliary LogoCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary located four missing boaters near South Padre Island early Wednesday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi was contacted at approximately 7:20 a.m. by a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, stating that he had located the four missing individuals sitting on top of their over turned pleasure craft one mile east of Holly Beach in the Laguna Madre area.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary is comprised of volunteer members who assist the Coast Guard in various missions throughout the country.

“We are happy to have worked with the Coast Guard Auxiliary today to rescue these four individuals. Auxiliarists volunteer their time to train and work with our crews and this is where it really pays off,” said Lt. Mary Arvidson, Sector Corpus Christi Public Affairs Officer.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi had received a call from the wife of one of the men aboard the pleasure boat at approximately 8 p.m., Tuesday, stating that they had been scheduled to return at 4:30 p.m.

The Coast Guard launched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island and a MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and searched throughout the night. At 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Falcon jet and crew to assist in the search.

The Port Isabel Police and Cameron County Sheriff’s department also assisted in the search and located the car of one of the missing boaters near the boat ramp from which they launched.

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