Coast Guard continues search for missing boater near Kemah, Texas

Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark file photo by Fireman Ross Ruddell.

Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark file photo by Fireman Ross Ruddell.

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard continued its search for a missing boater Sunday approximately five miles east of Kemah, Texas.

The missing boater is a male in his mid-40s wearing a blue shirt with grey shorts.

At approximately 5 p.m. Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders were notified by 911 dispatch of a boater ejected without a life jacket on after the 18-foot vessel he was on took a sharp turn.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Houston Response Boat-Small boat crew to search.

“We are using all available resources to search for the boater who has been missing since yesterday,” said Chief Warrant Officer Sam Pollard, Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark commanding officer. “We appreciate the diligent efforts of our federal, state, and local first responders who have been instrumental in our ability to cover such a wide search area.”

Involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston
  • Coast Guard Air Station Houston
  • Coast Guard Station Houston
  • Coast Guard Station Galveston
  • Coast Guard Cutter Tiger Shark
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Chambers County Sheriff’s Office
  • Kemah Fire Department
  • League City Fire Department and Dive Team
  • Webster Fire Department
  • Nassau Bay Fire Department
  • Seabrook Fire and Police Departments
  • Port of Houston Authority
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas EquuSearch

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