Coast Guard searching for missing man off South Padre Island

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Jul. 16—The Coast Guard is searching for a 35-year-old fisherman who went missing early Saturday morning in the waters off South Padre Island.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi command center watchstanders received a call at 5 a.m. Saturday on from the master of the 65-foot commercial fishing vessel Santa Fe stating one of his crew members was missing 35 miles offshore Land Cut, the federal agency said in a news release.

The missing Hispanic man is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, weighs about 150 pounds and was last seen wearing a tank top and shorts. The man was reportedly not wearing a life jacket.

According to the release, watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crews from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi and a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 33-foot Special Purpose Craft — Law Enforcement boat crew to search for the fisherman.

Anyone with information that may assist search efforts should contact Sector Corpus Christi at (361) 939-0450.