SEABROOK, Texas – The Coast Guard rescued a 13-year-old girl but ended its search for two other people in the water near Seabrook Wednesday afternoon after two bodies were discovered that matched the description of the missing boaters, officials announced.
Watchstanders said they were notified of a vessel that was washed up on El Jardin Beach in Pasadena, Texas, at around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday. After inspecting the vessel, they confirmed that a backpack was aboard and the vessel’s kill switch had been pulled. Watchstanders then dispatched a helicopter aircrew and a boat crew to search the area.
Watchstanders said they were notified by a 911 dispatcher of calls for help at around 10:40 p.m. The Coast Guard said a boat crew arrived on-scene and rescued a 13-year-old girl who told them two other people were still missing.
According to the Coast Guard, the missing boaters were a man in his early 60′s and a woman in her early 30′s.
Officials said at about 8:27 a.m. Wednesday, a search crew found a body that matched the description of the missing man in this 60s. At about 3 p.m., officials found another body that matched the description of the missing woman in her 30s.
A woman searching along the shoreline who did not want to be identified said the man and woman were boyfriend and girlfriend.
“We extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends who are dealing with this tragic loss,” said Cmdr. Jordan Baldueza, Sector Houston-Galveston search and rescue mission coordinator. “I would like to thank the multiple federal, state, and local agency partners for their diligent response and search efforts.”