Coast Guard searching for missing fisherman off the coast of Freeport, Texas

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard is searching for a man reported missing 130 miles off the coast of Freeport, Wednesday.

Sector Houston-Galveston received the call from the crew of the fishing vessel Maria Elena, a 65-foot shrimping vessel home ported in Brownsville at 8:30 a.m., reporting that a 60-year-old crew member, was not on board. The man was last seen at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday onboard the vessel.

The Coast Guard dispatched a MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and a HU-25 Falcon jet to search. The Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack is en route to assist with the search.

The Maria Elena and its three man crew has been out to sea for 23 days.

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