Sunday, 21 April 2013

4 fishermen missing: Coast Guard finds one, four still missing in Gulf

4 fishermen missing: Coast Guard finds one, four still missing in Gulf, A dramatic search has been put into play after four fishermen went missing off the Texas Gulf Coast near the Texas-Louisiana border. Fox8Live reported on Saturday, April 20, 2013, that the United States Coast Guard has used airplanes, boats, and helicopters to try and search for the four fishermen that went missing, but there was no luck as of Saturday afternoon.

A distress signal reached the Coast Guard about 3:30 a.m. on Friday. That was when the 50-foot boat of the fishermen began to sink about 115 miles southeast of Galveston, TX.

There was no way that the small boat could handle the severe weather going on in the Gulf at the time. The water was 50 degrees, there were 33 mph winds with gusts up to 40 mpg, and some swells got to as much as 15 feet.

At 8:30 a.m. on Friday, John Robinson was found on a life raft by a search team. The man was not sure what had happened to the other four fishermen or where they could have been. At that point, a search continued for them.

The Coast Guard did all they could to locate the four missing fishermen and that includes using an aircraft and one cutter to search an area that was roughly a little bit small than the size of the state of Delaware. Once dawn hit, two more aircraft joined the search that was set to continue through Saturday night.

"We're going to keep searching until someone tells us to stop," he said, noting that the Coast Guard uses a variety of factors to determine whether there is a possibility the men could still be alive.

There is only hope that they somehow have been able to survive the rough waters, strong weather, and cold temperatures.

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