Coast Guard searches for 2 boaters in Clear Lake, Texas

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard is searching for two missing boaters in a 27-foot sail boat, who went missing in Clear Lake, Texas, Sunday evening.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a phone call at 12:08 a.m. Monday from a friend of the missing boaters. The friend reported Stan White and April Jackson departed from his boat slip at 9 a.m. Sunday for a day of sailing on Clear Lake. When they failed to return at sunset he became concerned and contacted the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Houston and a rescue boat crew from Sector Houston to search for the missing boaters. Early this morning fog grounded the rescue helicopter crew at Scholes International Airport in Galveston, Texas.

If anyone has any information about the missing boaters, they are requested to contact the Coast Guard at 1 (713) 678-9057.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to:

  • carry a VHF radio – these radios allow for any boater in your vicinity to hear your call and the signal can be easily traced by the Coast Guard.
  • wear Coast Guard approved life jackets
  • be aware of weather and water conditions
  • never boat or paddle alone
  • file a float plan to let others know where you are going, and make sure they know
  • what to do and who to call in case of an emergency.
  • be constantly aware of other vessels in the immediate area
  • be cautious – do not exceed your ability to handle your vessel

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all boaters and paddlers take every opportunity to attend a recreational boating safety course to enhance their navigational skills. Courses are offered through their respective state, with the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons. Additional course information is available through the BOAT/U.S. foundation at 1-800-336-BOAT.

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