Saturday, 20 April 2013

4 fishermen missing: ‘Crew member John Robinson’ found on a life raft

4 fishermen missing: ‘Crew member John Robinson’ found on a life raft, Four missing fishermen whose 50-foot boat sank in sea swells between 10 feet and 15 feet are being searched for by U.S Coast Guard boats, a helicopter, and airplanes. The Coast Guard will continue to search for the four missing fishermen through Saturday night with a cutter and one aircraft, reported Houston’s ABC News on April 20, 2013.

According to Petty Officer Richard Brahm, “We're going to keep searching until someone tells us to stop.”

Around 3:30 a.m. on Friday morning, the Coast Guard received a distress signal from the fishermen that their boat began sinking about 115 miles southeast of Galveston near the Texas-Louisiana border. The 50-foot boat was tossed by sea swells between 10 feet and 15 feet with wind gusts of up to 40 mph.

Around 8:30 a.m. on Friday morning, a search team found John Robinson, one of the fishermen from the 50-foot boat in a life raft. John Robinson told the Coast Guard that he was not sure what happened to the other four fishermen that were on board the 50-foot boat.

Crucial information that John Robinson would be able to provide the Coast Guard is whether the 50-foot vessel had additional life rafts and in what physical condition the other fishermen were in.

Petty Officer Richard Brahm commented that the Coast Guard is able to use various factors in order to determine whether the four missing fishermen could still be alive.

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