Coast Guard searching for two missing boaters near San Leon

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

SAN LEON, TX (KTRK) -- Coast Guard air and boat crews are searching for two overdue boaters in the areas of Galveston Bay, Trinity Bay and East Bay.

Overdue are 51-year-old Michael Watkins, reportedly wearing dark blue shorts and a dark gray shirt, and Raymond Jacik, unknown age and description. They were last seen aboard a white and red 20-foot Larson boat with a blue top.

The family of the boaters notified the Galveston County Sheriff Office at approximately 9am, after the men had not returned from fishing the day before.. Sheriffs notified Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders. The initial report stated that the boaters left the Bayshore Park boatramp at 7am Monday and were expected to return around 1pm Monday.

Crews aboard Station Houston and Station Galveston 29-foot response boats and aircrews aboard an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane have been searching since 10am Tuesday.

Galveston County Sheriffs located the truck and trailer at the boat ramp Tuesday morning.

Anyone with information that can assist search crews is urged to call the Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center at 281-464-4854 or on the radio at VHF-FM channel 16.