Coast Guard suspends search for possible person in water near Brownsville, Texas

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft file photo

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft file photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard suspended the search Monday evening for a possible person in the water after locating an overturned life raft near a debris field 68 miles northeast of Brownsville, Texas.

The search began Sunday afternoon when a Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew spotted an orange life ring, pink life jacket and a small debris field while on a routine patrol. Approximately three miles away, an overturned life raft was found.

Coast Guard crews searched 2,165 square-nautical miles over the span of approximately 30 hours.

“Suspending a search is never an easy decision to make,” said Cmdr. Charles Hawkins, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. “But after an extensive search by our air and boat crews, we have suspended the search pending any additional information.”

Involved in the search were:

  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft crew from Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi
  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi
  • A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo

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

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