Coast Guard suspends search for missing father, 15-year-old son last seen off Magnolia Beach near Port Lavaca

A Calhoun County fire boat crew reported finding a capsized vessel matching the description of the one the father and son were last known to be in.

PORT LAVACA, Texas — The Coast Guard and other agencies suspended a search Sunday for a father and his teenage son who didn’t return from a shrimping trip near Port Lavaca Saturday morning.

A 50-year-old man and his 15-year-old son left to shrimp off Magnolia Beach around 5 a.m. Saturday and were expected to return around 10:30 a.m.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Coast Guard previously reported the missing man is 35 years old. He is 50 years old.

The Coast Guard was notified around 11:20 a.m. by the man’s wife that the father and son never came back from their trip.

According to the Coast Guard, the man and teen were in a 40-foot shrimping vessel called “My Possum.” They said a Calhoun County fire boat crew arrived on the scene and reported a capsized vessel matching the “My Possum” description in the Matagorda Ship Channel off Magnolia Beach.

The 50-year-old father is described as being Latino, about six feet tall and between 160 and 180 pounds. The Coast Guard said both the man and his son are likely wearing green waders. 

A description of the teen was not provided.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, plus a 29-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor.

On Sunday, the Coast Guard suspended its search at 7:55 a.m. 

Coast Guard crews searched about 77 square miles for over 21 combined hours.

These are the agencies involved:

  • Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi
  • Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi
  • Calhoun County
  • Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
  • Texas Department of Public Safety

Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Sector Corpus Christi at 361-939-0450.

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