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Aug 31, 2013 7:56 PM by KATC

Coast Guard, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department continue search for missing man

Coast Guard and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department crews are searching Saturday for a man overdue from a fishing trip in San Antonio Bay.

Missing is Joseph Ames, 62. He is 5-foot 7-inches tall, approximately 175 pounds, has grey hair and was wearing fishing attire.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report at 3:17 p.m. Friday, reporting the overdue man in the Port O'Connor area. The TPWD crews found his boat in San Antonio Bay at 5:50 p.m. with no sign of Ames aboard. His boat was anchored and a mobile phone was found without power. Coast Guard crews are currently searching along with TPWD crews.

Crews from the sector have conducted multiple searches with the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, an HU-25 Falcon jet and a 24-foot boat from Station Port O'Connor.
"We are saturating the search area along the San Antonio Bay with assets both on the surface and in the air," said Lt. Tyrone Conner, the sector public affairs officer. "Mr. Joseph Ames and his family are in our thoughts as we take great care in conducting the search."

Anyone with additional information is requested to contact the Sector Corpus Christi Command Center at (231) 939-6393 or contact their local police department. For additional information about the on-going case, please contact Lt. Tyrone Conner at (361) 438-0176.

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