Coast Guard ends search for missing person near Port Aransas Jetties

8th Coast Guard District NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard and other local agencies ended the search Tuesday for a man who went missing off the coast of Mustang Island, approximately three miles south of the Port Aransas Jetties, Sunday.

At approximately 11 a.m., Tuesday, the Port Aransas Police Department located a body on the beach. It was later positively identified by the coroner’s office as the missing person.

“We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of both victims,” said Cmdr. Edward Gaynor, response department head for Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “Our crews worked extremely hard, and we wanted nothing more than to bring the man home safely.”

The Coast Guard conducted more than 15 searches with multiple assets consisting of an HU-25 Guardian jet, a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, the Coast Guard Cutter Brant (an 87-foot Patrol Boat), a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, vessels from the Coast Guard Auxiliary, the Port Aransas Fire Department Beach Rescue, the Port Aransas Police Department, and the Corpus Christi Port Police. The search patterns totaled more than 800 square miles, almost the size of Nueces County.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report from the Port Aransas Police Department at approximately 2:50 p.m., Sunday, that four men had gone swimming near the Port Aransas Jetties. Two of the men safely returned to shore, and the remaining two required assistance.

A RB-M and crew were launched from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas at 2:55 p.m. Rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi conducted multiple searches with both the Guardian and the Dolphin. A boat and crew from Station Port Aransas searched throughout Sunday night into Monday morning.

The Port Aransas Police Department recovered one man Sunday, who was unresponsive.

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