Coast Guard searching for man missing in Sabine River

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard is searching for an 18-year-old man who went missing in Sabine River near Orange, Texas today.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a radio call at 3 p.m. from a tug boat that had rescued three people from the water. The tug boat reported there was a fourth person who was still missing.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew and Coast Guard Station Sabine dispatched a rescue boat crew to search for the missing man.

The three people reported they were canoeing in Sabine River when a bass boat sped pass them and overturned their canoes with its wake. Three of the people immediately resurfaced and were rescued by a passing tug boat, but the fourth man, who was not wearing a life jacket, only surfaced for a moment before sinking again.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to:

  • 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
  • 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.

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 theĀ U.S. Power Squadrons. Additional course information is available through the BOAT/U.S. foundation at 1-800-336-BOAT.

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