Coast Guard suspends search for 57-year-old man in Neches River

HOUSTON – After a two-day effort, the Coast Guard has suspended its active search today at 2:06 p.m. for William Foster, the 56-year-old man who went missing in the Neches River, Texas, Wednesday evening.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 468 square miles, including overlapping searches, along the Sabine and Neches waterways. The Coast Guard is continuing to broadcast a radio message requesting all mariners to report any information which may lead to locating Foster.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a phone call at midnight Wednesday from Foster’s neighbor. The neighbor reported that he had seen Foster leave to go boating at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, but had not seen him return. The neighbor also reported that he had gone out searching for Foster later Wednesday evening, but could not find him.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew and Station Sabine Pass dispatched a rescue boat crew to search. They continued searching through-out the night and were joined Thursday morning by the Orange County Sherriff’s Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife. They continued searching until dusk Thursday, and resumed this morning.

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