A Tragic Ending to a Community-Wide Search -- (ALERT: Missing Boater, Kevin Farrell -- Coast Guard Rescue Teams Currently Searching)

We are so deeply saddened to learn that Kevin has been found, but has passed away. The details of the last few days are still unclear.

He was such a kind person who added a great deal to the fabric of our community. Our very deepest condolences to his wife Melissa, and their entire family. Please send your thoughts and prayers to them at this heart-breaking time.


Updated: May 08, 2017 3:27 PM, via KRISTV

A Coast Guard Helicopter Searched for a Missing Fisherman this Weekend

CORPUS CHRISTI - The U.S. Coast Guard has announced that they have suspended their search efforts in finding a missing fisherman. The missing boater has been identified as 53-year-old Kevin Farrell. The U.S.Coast Guard along with Texas Parks and Wildlife, searched for a missing boater in the Copano Bay near Rockport.

The Coast Guard responded to calls around 3:30 Saturday afternoon about a small boat that was idling in the bay. According to officials, there was a fishing pole and cell phone in the boat, but no one was aboard.

Officials with Texas Parks and Wildlife also assisted the Coast Guard with the search.

Lt Han De Groot says, "We searched for a total of 18 hrs; 182 square nautical miles; 15 missions by air and two by sea for the Coast Guard." In total, Lt. De Groot says that total was 18 hours.

Coast Guard rescue crews are talking to the Farrell family.

Coast Guard Rescue Teams are currently searching for Kevin Farrell after "his boat was found adrift with the engine running and his fishing gear still on board," according to KRISTV.

According to his wife Melissa, he was last seen wearing blue jeans, lace-up work boots, and a long-sleeved, white fishing shirt. Kevin was fishing alone in Copano Bay near Rockport. From the condition of the clean boat, which was found idling around 3:30pm on Saturday, May 6, Melissa didn't think that Kevin had started to fish yet.

Please help us look for Kevin, but please do not get in the way of any rescue efforts by the Coast Guard and other first responders. If you have any information, the Rockport Police Department can be reached at (361)729-1111 or by calling 911.

Please send your thoughts and prayers to Melissa and the Farrell family.

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Kevin Farrell

Via KRISTV -- "Rescue teams with the U.S. Coast Guard are searching for a missing boater in the Copano Bay near Rockport.

The incident started around 3:30pm Saturday afternoon after rescue crews say his boat was found adrift with the engine running and his fishing gear still on board.

After receiving this news, the Coast Guard sent out a helicopter, and Texas Parks and Wildlife brought out a shallow water boat to look for the missing man.

Lt. Hans de Groot, with the U.S. Coast Guard, says they have been searching the area with no luck.

Rescue crews say they will be bringing in the chopper soon and will probably resume Sunday morning.

Several residents from the Rockport area are said to be looking for the victim at this hour.

GO FUND ME: An account raising funds for the family has been set up. You can donate to the search efforts by clicking here: https://www.gofundme.com/search-for-kevin-farrell

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