Coast Guard continues search in Gulf of Mexico for fishing vessel master

hovering in a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston

USCG file photo

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard is continuing its search for the master of the fishing vessel Miss Carol in the Gulf of Mexico, Tuesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 1:05 a.m. Monday, from a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Tommy Gun relaying for the crew of the 85-foot fishing vessel Miss Carol, that the master of the Miss Carol was missing. The master of the Miss Carol was last seen at approximately 12 a.m., Monday.

The search area is being concentrated approximately 3 miles south of White Lake off the Louisiana coast. So far, the Coast Guard has searched approximately 700 square miles and has utilized the following assets:

* Coast Guard Cutter Manta, homeported in Freeport
* Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew
* Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144A Ocean Sentry
* Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HU-25 Falcon Jet and crew

The Coast Guard Cutter Manta and an Air Station Corpus Christi HU-25 Falcon jet and crew will remain on scene throughout the day to search for the missing man.

The Coast Guard has issued an Urgent Marine Broadcast to all boaters in the vicinity of the search area. The master of the vessel is described as a 49-year old male last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants. Anyone with additional information is asked to call watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at (713) 678-9057.

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