Missing Swimmer Near Corpus Christi

Staff Reports

Update: 10:20 pm—While some have heard that the search for the missing swimmer has been called off, a spokesperson with Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi confirmed that the search was still considered active and that despite what might seem a grim outlook, rescuers do plan to continue their search at first light. Other reports have indicated that the search had switched entirely to a recovery mode. Officials with the Coast Guard said that this was not the case and that assets would remain active and on station until further notice.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Emergency crews are searching for an 18-year-old man in the water who was last seen swimming between Packery Channel and Bob Hall Pier near Corpus Christi, Texas, Thursday.

Around 3:30 pm emergency crews from around the area responded to reports of 3 people who were in distress near a hotel located near mile marker 210 along Whitecap beach.

A spokesperson for the Coast Guard said that watchstanders received a report of three persons in the water some 150-200 yards offshore when two of the swimmers lost sight of the other male.

One of the swimmers was able to make it back to shore while a second was assisted back to shore by Corpus Christi Beach Rescue. The missing swimmer is reported to be wearing pink swimming trunks. 

The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched an Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH–65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat–Medium boat crew.

A drone that was being used in the search has been grounded for tonight while Coast Guard crews rotate between air and sea operations overnight. Crews from Nueces County ESD 2 returned to service around 8:00 p.m.

Involved in the search are:

•An Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH–65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew

•A Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat–Medium boat crew

•Corpus Christi Beach Rescue

•Corpus Christi Police Department

Anyone with information should contact Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi  at 361-939-0450.


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