Coast Guard suspends search for missing boy near South Padre Island

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas —The Coast Guard suspended its search at 2:45 p.m., Saturday, for a boy who went missing while swimming near South Padre Island.

Coast Guard assets began searching for a boy, 12, after he and two men were reported missing Wednesday evening. The Coast Guard searched more than 2,253 square miles after receiving the report that the three were missing. Two men, a 22 year-old and an 18 year-old, have been recovered deceased.

Crews searched for more than 130 hours using the following Coast Guard assets:

  • MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi
  • HU-25 Falcon jet from Air Station Corpus Christi
  • 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island
  • Coast Guard Cutter Manatee
  • 41-foot Utility Boat from Station South Padre Island
  • 26-foot Aids To Navigation Boat from Station South Padre Island
  • Two Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft
  • Multiple Coast Guard Auxiliary boats

The South Padre Island Fire Department recovered the 22 year-old man, Customs and Border Protection also assisted in the search.

“We have searched extensively for the missing boy these past four days and are suspending our search pending further developments,” said Cmdr. Edward Gaynor, Operations Section Chief at Sector Corpus Christi. “Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this most difficult time for them.”

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