Search continues for man lost in Guadalupe River

Jessica Priest By Jessica Priest

March 18, 2013 at 10:04 p.m.
Updated March 17, 2013 at 10:18 p.m.

A 48-year-old Columbus man who was thrown from his fishing boat Saturday on the Guadalupe River was still missing as of Monday night.

The man was boating in the river near the Calhoun and Refugio county line when the metal boat struck something in the water about 4:12 p.m., Calhoun County Sheriff George Aleman said.

The man's name was not released by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Service out of respect for the family.

Another man who was in the boat at the time and also thrown out was found alive.

Monday's search started at daylight, and about 10:30 a.m., a Department of Public Safety helicopter flew over the scene.

Game wardens also walked down a quarter mile area from where the man was last seen to where the river dumps into San Antonio Bay complex, said Rex Mayes, direct game warden supervisor for the region.

"We're trying to eliminate possibilities at this point," Mayes said of the recovery mission.

He said the river in this area is between 70 to 100 feet wide, between 12 to 17 feet deep and has a lot of debris.

The search will resume tomorrow under a different Texas Parks and Wildlife district supervisor: Henry Balderamas, of Rockport.

"We're going to continue looking until we find this individual," Mayes said, adding that the man was not wearing a life jacket. "I hate to promise on something I can't deliver, but we normally stay until we find the victim."



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