USCG calls off search for missing fishermen near Bryan Beach

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on October 6, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Updated Sunday, Oct 6 at 2:55 PM

HOUSTON — U.S. Coast Guard crews suspended their search for two missing wade fishermen near Bryan Beach Sunday afternoon.

The USCG, along with the Galveston Fire Department, also rescued four people from a sinking boat near Sea Wolf Park Sunday morning.

On Saturday evening, the Coast Guard assisted five people in a disabled boat drifting toward the Sabine Pass jetties.

USCG officials said a bystander watched the two wade fishermen get washed out at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and called for help.

The Coast Guard began searching for the two wade fishermen with a boat and a helicopter. The Gulf Coast Rescue Squad and Texas Equusearch both assisted with the search as well before it was called off.

On Saturday, five people aboard a disabled boat waved down a USCG boat for help just before 6 p.m. before they were pushed on the Sabine jetties.

A Coast Guard boat crew in a smaller boat got to them before they hit the jetties, officials said. The smaller boat was used due to the shallow water.

Officials said the boat crew towed them to safety at the Sabine public boat ramp.

Early Sunday, four people on a boat waved down a fisherman as their vessel was taking on water near Sea Wolf Park, officials said. The fisherman then called 911.

One of the four jumped out of the sinking boat and swam to a buoy, officials said.

The Galveston Fire Department rescued the three aboard the boat as USCG boat and helicopter crews searched for the other man.

The helicopter crew located the missing man and a boat crew rescued him, officials said. He was checked out by Galveston EMS and was reported to be in good condition.

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