Coast Guard suspends search for missing boater near Aransas Bay

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi Dolphin helicopter file photo by PA2 Adam Eggers

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi Dolphin helicopter file photo by PA2 Adam Eggers

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a missing boater near Aransas Bay, Texas. A body matching the description of the missing boater was located by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

On Friday, Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report from Rockport Dispatch stating two boaters had been ejected from a vessel near Trout Bayou.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 29-foot Response Boat-Small boat crew and a Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.

A good Samaritan located and safely recovered one of the boaters.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the family and friends,” said Cmdr. Dawn Prebula, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi response chief. “We appreciate the efforts of our partners and volunteers who assisted in the search. All mariners are reminded to always wear a lifejacket when out on the water.”

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi
  • Coast Guard Station Port Aransas
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Rockport Police Department

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