Coast Guard finds missing man jet skiing near Chocolate Bay

By John Brannen - Web Editor
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A Coast Guard Air Station Houston aircrew poses with a 31-year-old man after locating and rescuing him near Freeport, Texas, Monday. The man was rescued after being reported overdue Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo.)

HOUSTON - The Coast Guard found a missing man Monday who was overdue on his jet ski.

Authorities say the 31-year-old man planned to jet ski from Bridge Bait Marina to Horshoe Bend Marina.

Around 9 p.m. Sunday, the man's fiancee called the Sector Houston-Galveston Coast Guard division when he hadn't made it to his destination, according to officials.

The Coast Guard says it used air and boat teams to locate the man. Authorities say he was found at approximately 1:30 a.m. in good condition near Chocolate Bay and was taken to Ellington Field by the aircrew.

"We were able to saturate the area where the man was reported to be overdue and locate him fairly quickly because of the specific locations that his fiancee provided to us," said Petty Officer 1st Class Drew Dazzo, an aviation survival technician at Air Station Houston. "It's always important when you're on the water to have a float plan and to let family or friends know where you plan to transit because if anything does go wrong, like in this case, chances are better when we have a good idea of where to start looking."

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