‘Heartbreaking’: 17-year-old’s body found after he went missing while fishing with family near San Luis Pass bridge, Coast Guard says

SAN LUIS PASS, Texas – The body of a 17-year-old fisherman has been found in the middle of San Luis Pass Saturday night.

Yahir Elias Rodriquez’s body was reportedly discovered in the water around 5:25 p.m. by an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston.

A boat crew from Texas EquuSearch recovered the body and brought it back to shore.

“San Luis Pass is an incredibly hazardous area for wade fishing and swimming due to strong tidal currents and rapidly changing water depth, especially at night,” said Coast Guard Capt. Keith Donohue, search and rescue mission coordinator, Sector Houston-Galveston. “It is heartbreaking that a fishing trip with friends and family ended this way. We offer this young man’s family our deepest condolences for their unimaginable loss.”

Galveston Police received the initial report of a missing person at around 8:37 p.m. on Saturday after Rodriquez reportedly entered the water about 100 yards north of the bridge.

Rodriquez’s brothers were with him fishing before he vanished.

The Galveston and Jamaica Beach fire departments, the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office, and the Galveston Police Department are among those involved in the search with the Coast Guard.


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