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Coast Guard ends search for person in the water in Dickinson Bay, Texas

Coast Guard ends search for person in the water in Dickinson Bay, Texas. MH-65 Dolphin Air Station Houston.
Archive image: an Air Station Houston crew conducts safety checks while preparing to take flight Aug. 31, 2015. MH-65 Dolphin is a short range recovery helicopter.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer A. Nease.

HOUSTON​ — The Coast Guard has ended the search for a 30-year-old man missing in Dickinson Bay, Texas, after he was located at home Wednesday evening.

At approximately 8:00 p.m., Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston watchstanders received notification from a family friend that the missing individual​ had been located at home and was unaware of the ongoing search efforts.​

«We are incredibly grateful this young man was located safe, and I want to thank each and every crew that assisted in our search efforts,» said Cmdr. Jarod Toczko, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector Houston-Galveston. «I also want to stress the importance of ensuring that you are prepared before entering the water. Wearing a life-jacket, filing a float plan and checking the weather before departure are just a few simple steps that can truly make all the difference.»​

Coast Guard crews searched over 57 square miles for more than 12 hours.​

The search began early Wednesday morning when Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report of an overturned kayak resulting in two people in the water. One of the individuals was able to swim to an uninhabited​ land mass located in the marsh of the western corner of the bay.​

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter air crew located the individual who was able to swim to shore and transferred him to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.​

Involved in the search were:​

  • A Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small
  • Sector Houston-Galveston​ Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) team
  • Texas City Fire Department
  • Texas City Police Department
  • Houston Police Department
  • Galveston Police Department
  • League City Police Department Dive Team
  • Webster Police Department Marine Unit
  • Texas EquuSearch
  • Good Samaritan​ vvessels

Previous information here.


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