CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday evening for the missing crewmember aboard the vessel Cristi that sank in the La Quinta Channel near Ingleside, Texas.
Coast Guard crews searched over 143 square miles for approximately 31 hours.
“Our hearts are with his family and friends during this difficult time as it is never an easy decision to suspend a search for a missing loved one,” said Chief Warrant Officer Homar Barrera, search and rescue mission coordinator at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi.
Due to the location of the sunken vessel, the La Quinta Channel remains closed to vessel traffic at this time.
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi personnel are coordinating vessel salvage and pollution response efforts. The cause of the vessel sinking is currently under investigation.
Involved in the response are:
- A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
- The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Manta
- A Coast Guard Station Port Aransas 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew
- The Port of Corpus Christi Police Department
- Texas Parks & Wildlife Department side-scan sonar vessel
- Port Aransas Police Department divers
- United States Army Corps of Engineers