CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — The Coast Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department are searching for a 48-year-old man after a good Samaritan came upon his boat with its throttles clutched near Victoria Barge Canal Friday.
The good Samaritan contacted Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor at approximately 7:30 a.m., notifying them of the abandoned 25-foot black-and-tan pleasure craft.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi launched boatcrews from Station Port O’Connor and Station Port Aransas aboard 45-foot Response Boat — Mediums to assist in the search.
Air Station Corpus Christi crews also launched aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an HU-25 Falcon jet to search. "The Coast Guard and our partner agencies are committed to the search effort and we continue to saturate San Antonio Bay with a multitude of assets," said Lt. Cmdr. Kristi Bernstein, the search and rescue mission coordinator for Sector Corpus Christi.
Coast Guard crews continue to search throughout the evening with both air and surface assets.