Coast Guard ends search for boater near Moses Lake, Texas

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard ended its search Saturday for a boater who fell overboard near Texas City, Texas.

A body was recovered at approximately 6 p.m. matching the description of the missing boater.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a notification Friday at approximately 8:30 p.m. of a 40-year-old male who reportedly fell from a 22-foot recreational vessel without a lifejacket.

“While I am extremely saddened by the fact that we did not achieve our desired outcome in this search, I am encouraged by the coordinated and comprehensive efforts of our interagency first responder team,” said Lt. Cmdr. Jarod Toczko, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Houston-Galveston. “My deepest and sincerest condolences go out to the family during this very difficult time.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small boat crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Auxiliary
  • Texas EquuSearch
  • State of Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas City Fire Department
  • Harris County Police Department
  • Galveston Police Department

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