Coast Guard suspends search for drowning victim

May 1, 2011 5:33:29 PM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard suspended their search Sunday for a missing 18-year-old believed to have drowned the day before in the Gulf of Mexico. "We decided to suspend the search due to the fact that eye witnesses reported that the man did not resurface after being submerged," said Cmdr. Patrick Smith, operations section chief with the USCG Sector Houston-Galveston. "Our thoughts go out to his family during this difficult time."

According to officials, the man was last seen shortly before 3pm Saturday near 17th St. and Seawall in Galveston.

Witnesses told authorities he was swimming with friends when he went under and never resurfaced.

USCG began its search for the missing swimmer immediately, bringing a rescue helicopter and response boats to the scene.

The Galveston Fire Department and Galveston Beach Patrol also assisted.

Officials resumed their search Sunday morning, combing more than 32 square miles for more than 10 and a half hours to no avail.

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