BAYTOWN, Texas – The Coast Guard, Baytown Fire Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Office and Houston Police Department have suspended the search for a boat carrying seven people in Cedar Bayou, just west of the U.S. Highway 146 bridge near Baytown.
“I want to thank all of our local partners who assisted in this search effort,” said Lt. J.G. Chellsey Phillips, Sector Houston-Galveston command duty officer. “After arriving on scene within 30 minutes of the initial notification, our crews were able to extensively search the waterway concentrating their efforts on the location reported by the mariner. However, with no further signs of distress and no reports of missing persons, we are suspending our search efforts pending additional information.”
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston said on Monday at around 9:40 p.m., watchstanders received a message from a distressed mariner saying his 27-foot boat was “taking on” water with four adults and three children on board. After that report, the Coast Guard said communication was lost.
Watchstanders issued a search with an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew to search the area.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the Coast Guard at 281-464-4854.