Coast Guard suspends search for owner of unmanned, adrift vessel near Brownsville

An HC-144B Ocean Sentry, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi's newest addition, rests on an airstrip in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 20, 2019. This upgraded aircraft contains improvements that will allow aircrews to gather and process surveillance information that can be transmitted to other platforms and units during flight. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jessica Wright.

A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144B Ocean Sentry aircraft. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jessica Wright.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard has suspended the search for the owner of an unmanned, adrift 25-foot recreational vessel found in the surf approximately one mile north of the mouth of the Rio Grande near Brownsville, Texas, Tuesday.

The search began Tuesday morning when Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received notification from a Customs and Border Protection agent of an unmanned and adrift red, center console vessel with one outboard motor and fishing gear onboard.

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew and a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 33-foot Special Purpose Craft–Law Enforcement boat crew were launched to search the area.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 33-foot Special Purpose Craft–Law Enforcement boat crew
  • Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew
  • The Secretaría de Marina (SEMAR)

The Coast Guard’s search will remain suspended pending the development of new information.

Anyone with information that may help identify the owner of the vessel is asked to contact the Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi Command Center at (361) 939-0450.

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