Coast Guard suspends search for shrimp boat captain near Port Aransas

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (KTRK) -- The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its searching for a missing shrimp boat captain who fell overboard near Port Aransas on Sunday.

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The 40-year-old was not wearing a life jacket when he fell overboard seven miles northeast of the Port Aransas jetties, according to the Coast Guard.

A helicopter and response boat crew launched a search for Michael Ramirez after they received a report around 7 a.m. stating the captain of the shrimp boat Lady Nora had slipped and fallen overboard.

Crews searched approximately 1,416 square miles for over 32 combined hours.

"Our hearts go out to Mr. Ramirez's family and friends during this difficult time," said Capt. Hans Govertsen, the commanding officer of Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi. "We take solace in the ability of our community to come together in trying times. It was heartwarming to see so many people contribute to this search effort throughout the day."