Search Suspended For Fourth Missing Person off Galveston

HOUSTON – After an expansive three-day effort, the Coast Guard has suspended the active search today at noon for the fourth missing man from the boat that capsized 10 miles off Galveston, Texas, on Sunday.

Coast Guard crews searched more than 4,500 square miles, including overlapping searches, covering an area roughly the size of Connecticut. The Coast Guard is continuing to broadcast a radio message requesting all mariners to report any information that might lead to locating the missing man.

Melquisedec Acevedo, Miguel Castellon, Jose Vasquez and 13-year-old Melquisedec Acevedo Jr. went missing Sunday morning after reporting that their boat was sinking. The Coast Guard began a massive search of the waters off Galveston. Late Monday afternoon, one of the rescue helicopters spotted their submerged boat and three people approximately 10 miles south of Jamaica Beach in Galveston.

The 13-year-old was hoisted by the helicopter crew and rushed to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Acevedo Jr. told the rescue helicopter crew that Castellon, the missing man, began swimming towards a nearby oil rig Sunday night.

The other two men had no vital signs. Their bodies were recovered and taken to the Coast Guard base in Galveston by the patrol boat Skipjack, where they were turned over to the Galveston County Coroner.

The Coast Guard crews involved during the search included four helicopter crews from Air Station Houston, four rescue boat crews from Station Galveston, two HU-25 Falcon jet crews from Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, the patrol boat Manta from Freeport, Texas, the patrol boat Skipjack from Galveston, a C-130 Hercules aircraft crew from Air Station Clearwater, Fla., and a Coast Guard Auxiliary aircraft crew from Houston.

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