U.S. Coast Guard searches for missing 19-year-old swimmer near Port Mansfield

1 month 4 days 1 hour ago Monday, April 15 2024 Apr 15, 2024 April 15, 2024 1:30 PM April 15, 2024 in News - Local

**EDITOR'S NOTE: A previous version of this article said the swimmer went missing in South Padre Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard, along with multiple agencies, are searching for a missing swimmer.

The Coast Guard Corpus Christi Sector said 19-year-old Angel Huertas was swimming with friends near Port Mansfield on the East Land Cut on Padre Island when a riptide pulled him away. Huertas friends were reported as safe.

The Coast Guard said the call for help came in at 10:45 a.m. Monday and the incident happened at 10:30 a.m. A search crew arrived at the jetties at 11:50 a.m.

Also involved in the search is the Willacy County Sherriff's Office, Port Mansfield Police Department Boat Patrol and Texas Parks & Wildlife Game Wardens Boat Patrol.

The Coast Guard said they have a boat from the South Padre Island Coast Guard station and a helicopter looking for Huertas. They will switch to an airplane to search after sunset.

This is a developing story, check back for further details.

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