Coast Guard recovers deceased male near South Padre Island

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue Helicopter

USCG file photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews recovered a deceased male on South Padre Island, Friday.

At 7:20 a.m., an MH-65C rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi located the person near the Brazos Santiago jetties and lowered a rescue swimmer, who swam the man ashore. There he was transferred to an awaiting mobile Coast Guard recovery unit.

The man is believed to be one of the two men who went missing Wednesday while swimming near Isla Blanca Park. The identity of the recovered man is unknown at this time.

A rescue helicopter and HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Corpus Christi, a 41-foot Utility Boat from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, and a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft continue to search the area for the remaining missing person in the water. A Coast Guard mobile unit also continues to search along the shoreline.

“Our air and surface unit with other state resources continue to aggressively search around the clock for survivors. Our prayers and sympathies go out to the families of the swimmers who passed away. The use of the Guardian unmanned drone to search for survivors throughout the night was very helpful during this very difficult time,” said Captain John Pasch, Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi.

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