Coast Guard ends search for missing fisherman near Port O’Connor

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Kelly Parker.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard ended its search Saturday for a fisherman last seen attempting to swim out to his drifting vessel near Port O’Connor, Texas.

A body was recovered at approximately 8:30 a.m. matching the description of the missing fisherman.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a call at approximately 7:18 a.m. Friday from a good Samaritan who had spotted a man stranded on Grass Island.

The fisherman was rescued by a Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor boat crew and informed them that he and a friend became stranded after their boat drifted away. The fisherman last saw his friend attempting to swim out to retrieve their boat.

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Station Port O’Connor boat crew were launched and searched throughout the day and night for the missing man along with Texas Parks and Wildlife boat crews.

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