Coast Guard searches for missing fishing vessel master in Gulf of Mexico

hovering in a MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston

USCG file photo

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard is searching for the master of a fishing vessel approximately 3 miles south of White Lake in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at approximately 1:05 a.m. from a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel Tommy Gun relaying for the crew of the 85-foot fishing vessel Miss Carol, that the master of the Miss Carol was missing.  The master of the Miss Carol was last seen at approximately at 12 a.m.

The Coast Guard is utilizing the following assets during this search and rescue effort:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Manta, homeported in Freeport
  • Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144A Ocean Sentry
  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi HU-25 Falcon Jet and crew

Numerous fishing vessels in the surrounding area have also joined in on the search.

The Coast Guard has issued an Urgent Marine Broadcast to all boaters in the vicinity of the search area.  The master of the vessel is described as a 49-year old male last seen wearing a black sweatshirt and black sweatpants.  Anyone with additional information is asked to call watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at (713) 678-9057.

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