Coast Guard rescues one, recovers another northeast of Port Aransas

8th Coast Guard District News

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued one boater and recovered the body of another after their boat sank 24 miles northeast of the Port Aransas jetties, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report at approximately 11:30 p.m. from a concerned wife that her husband went fishing with a friend northeast of the Port Aransas jetties and was overdue.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi coordinated the launch of multiple rescue assets. Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Falcon jet and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter. Station Freeport launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium. Station Port Aransas launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small. The Coast Guard Cutter Steelhead was also diverted to assist in the search.

At approximately 2:30 a.m., Saturday,  Sector Corpus Christi was contacted by an oil rig in Matagorda Bay stating that one of the missing persons had swam to the rig while the other man stayed with the vessel and was wearing a personal flotation device.

At 8:45 a.m., a good Samaritan located the remaining person floating in the water. A helicopter rescue crew recovered the man from the good Samaritan and transported him to Spohn Shoreline Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

“Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family members who lost a loved one today,” stated Lt. Heidi Miller, public affairs officer at Sector Corpus Christi. “This case shows the importance of creating a float plan with friends and family before going out. In case the unthinkable happens, we know where to start looking.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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