Coast Guard searching for kayaker last seen near South Deer Island

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- The U.S. Coast Guard is looking for a missing kayaker last seen near South Deer Island Saturday.

Alex Gallant, 23, was kayaking with Brandon Curacas, 21, when, according to Curacas, Gallant tipped over into the water and began to panic.

As he tried to get to safety, he reportedly tipped Curacas' boat and both men began to drift while holding on to their overturned boats.

Curacas managed to grab onto a piling and was later picked up by a rescue boat. He was treated for mild hypothermia and released.

Gallant continued to drift. The Coast Guard searched by air and water, but hasn't been able to find him.

If anyone has any additional information that may assist the search effort, please contact the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center at 281-464-4854 or on the radio at VHF Marine Channel 16.