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Coast Guard suspends search for missing swimmer

Posted at 1:03 AM, Apr 14, 2019


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard suspended the search Saturday evening for an 18-year-old man who was last seen swimming between Packery Channel and Bob Hall Pier near Corpus Christi, Texas.

The search began Thursday when Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report of three persons in the water, two males and one female, swimming 75 yards offshore when the male and female lost sight of the other male.

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Coast Guard crews searched 1,820 square-nautical miles over the span of approximately 48 hours.

“Suspending a search without finding the loved one missing is a tough decision to make,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ariel Berrios, search and rescue mission coordinator. “We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of this young man.”

Involved in the search:

  • Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews
  • Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrews
  • Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew
  • Coast Guard Cutter Ben Dailey
  • Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon
  • Corpus Christi Beach Rescue
  • Corpus Christi Police Department
  • Corpus Christi Fire Department
  • Flour Bluff Fire Department
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife

The Coast Guard’s search will remain suspended pending the development of new information.

Terry Denson, the father of Je Sani Smith, announced on Facebook that Mr. Will Cox, who owns the Big Scat Catboat in Port Aransas, has offered his services to help in the search tomorrow.

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