Coast Guard continues search for three overdue boaters off Matagorda coast

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is continuing to search for three overdue boaters approximately 70 miles off the Matagorda coast, Monday.

The following Coast Guard assets have joined in the search and rescue effort:

  • Two C-130 aircraft from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla.
  • Coast Guard Cutter Manowar, homeported in Galveston
  • Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65C rescue helicopter and crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HU-25 Falcon jet and crew

“The purpose of the C-130 aircraft is to augment the search and rescue effort,” said Zachery Edwards, Sector Houston-Galveston operations unit controller. “They have the capability to remain in the air for an extended period of time providing excellent communication.”

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call on Saturday at approximately 9 p.m. from the Matagorda Police Department, reporting three men overdue from a fishing trip. The men were scheduled to return home at 2 p.m. but failed to do so. The wife of the owner of the boat reported that the men launched the 23-foot center console catamaran from Riverbend in the vicinity of Matagorda.

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