Search continues for missing fishermen

HOUSTON – The search continues for two fishermen near Freeport, Texas, who have been missing since Wednesday morning.

The two men, Michael Prahm, 27, and Aaron Philiere, 29, are from the Houston area. They departed the Bridge Bait and Tackle Slip in Freeport Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. in a 23-foot Mako boat. Their plan was to go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico near a popular fishing spot, locally known as the 22 1/2 Fathom Lump.

Prior to departing Philiere called his wife and told her that they had experienced engine trouble but were able to make repairs. He then told her that they were continuing with the fishing trip and expected to return between 5 and 8 p.m. Wednesday evening.

At approximately 9 p.m. Wednesday evening the brother of one of the men contacted a watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston, reported that the pair had not returned and are seldom late. Coast Guard Station Freeport dispatched a rescue boat and Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter to search for the men.

Throughout the night, passing storm cells hampered the search. The search continues today with two HH-65C Dolphin helicopters crews from Air Station Houston, two rescue boat crews from Station Freeport, the 87-foot patrol boat Skipjack from Galveston and a Falcon jet crew from Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas.

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  1. Jana Champeau says:

    Aaron’s last name is Pilcher, not Philiere. My family offers prayers that he will be found very soon and prayer for comfort for his wife and family.