Coast Guard Locates Missing Hunter’s Boat

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard has located the boat used by the missing hunter in Trinity Bay, Texas, this afternoon.

A Coast Guard HH-65C helicopter crew searching the Trinity Bay area spotted a green boat almost in the center of the lake, 3 miles from land. The boat was upside down with duck decoys attached and no sign of Matt Hoover, the missing hunter.

Two Coast Guard small boats arrived shortly after the helicopters to take a closer look at the boat. The Coast Guard will continue to search for Hoover for the rest of the day and into the night.

Hoover, the 24-year-old hunter from the Houston area, was last seen on the north shore of Trinity Bay Monday morning recovering duck decoys from the water in his green 16-foot boat. Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter crews, Texas Parks and Wildlife boat crews, and several other boaters were searching Monday night. This morning the Coast Guard continued the search with two helicopters and two rescue boats, Chamber County and Galveston County police were conducting shore searches, and several of the family’s friends were also out in their own boats.

Where the missing hunters boat was found

Where the missing hunters boat was found
Coast Guard pilot Lt. James Reid shows Cmdr. John Cameron and Lt. Sean O’Brien the location where his aircrew spotted the missing hunter’s 16-foot boat on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2007. The green boat was spotted in the middle of Trinity Bay, capsized and with decoy ducks tied to the bow. U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

Source: USCG D8 Publlic Affairs

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