Coast Guard suspends search for 6 persons near Galveston

8th Coast Guard District News

HOUSTON The Coast Guard suspended its search for six persons near Galveston at 12 p.m., Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a mayday call from the captain of a fishing vessel Sunday, at 1:15 p.m., reporting that the vessel was taking on water. He reported that there were six people aboard who were abandoning ship and getting into an orange life raft. Because of the poor quality of the radio transmission, the name of the vessel was difficult for watchstanders to interpret, and was either Scallywag or Skylark.

The Coast Guard conducted 21 searches, utilizing 10 surface and air assets covering 2,855 square miles, which is larger than the state of Delaware.

Multiple Coast Guard units responded to the mayday call. Assets involved in the search include:

  • Two 25-foot Response Boat – Small
  • Two 45-foot Response Boat – Medium
  • One MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
  • One HU-25 Guardian aircraft
  • One HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft
  • Coast Guard Cutter Heron
  • Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack

The Coast Guard continues to request any additional information from the public about this case or the fishing vessel Scallywag or Skylark.   The public is encouraged to contact the Sector Houston-Galveston command center at 713-678-9011 with details about the vessel or crew.

”The Coast Guard has saturated the search area for the past two days with no success in finding the life raft or any signs indicating that a vessel sunk,”  Lt. Julio Gonzalez, command duty officer for Sector Houston-Galveston.

With no new developments or correlating information, the Coast Guard has suspended the active search for the possible missing persons but may resume the search if new information is received.

The incident is under investigation.

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