Coast Guard, local agencies search for man near Texas City

65 Houston 2HOUSTON — Coast Guard and Texas City fire and police departments are searching for a man north of the Texas City Dike Saturday.

Missing is 22-year-old Marlon Zepeta. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt and Adidas pants.

At approximately 3:30 p.m., the crew of the tugboat Anita J contacted the Coast Guard and reported that they had been flagged down by a man on the shore near an overturned kayak.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot response boat and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew to respond. The boat crew picked up the man who confirmed that his friend was missing after the kayak overturned. Neither of the men were wearing lifejackets.

If anyone knows or has seen Mr. Zepeta, or has any additional information that may assist the search effort, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center at 281-464-4854 or on the radio at VHF Marine Channel 16.

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