Coast Guard ends search for overdue jet skier near South Padre Island, Texas

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft file photo

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft file photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard has ended the search for an overdue jet skier after he was found by a good Samaritan vessel approximately two miles north of the Queen Isabella Causeway along the intracoastal waterway, Monday morning.

At 7:52 a.m., Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received notification that the missing jet skier had been located and picked up from a sandbar by a good Samaritan vessel.

There were no medical concerns.

The search began Sunday when Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report of an overdue 27-year-old man who was due to return his rented jet ski at 5 p.m.

Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew and a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 33-foot Special Purpose Craft–Law Enforcement boat crew. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator was diverted to the scene.

Involved in the search were:

  • A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • A Station South Padre Island 33-foot Special Purpose Craft–Law Enforcement boat crew
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alligator
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • The Port Isabel Police Department


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