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.