Body of teen fisherman recovered in Galveston County after extensive search, officials say

The teen was wade fishing near the San Louis Pass Bridge when he disappeared Saturday

The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing fisherman in Galveston County. (U.S. Coast Guard Heartland)

FREEPORT, Texas8 p.m. Update:

The body of a 17-year-old fisherman has been recovered in Galveston County after a search that spanned over 33 hours by the U.S Coast Guard and other agencies.

According to a news release, the body of Yahir Elias Rodriquez was found in the middle of San Luis Pass around 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

Rodriquez’s body was brought to shore by a Texas EquuSearch boat crew, where his family and first responders awaited.

“San Luis Pass is an incredibly hazardous area for wade fishing and swimming due to strong tidal currents and rapidly changing water depth, especially at night,” said Coast Guard Capt. Keith Donohue, search and rescue mission coordinator, Sector Houston-Galveston. “It is heartbreaking that a fishing trip with friends and family ended this way. We offer this young man’s family our deepest condolences for their unimaginable loss.”

Rodriquez was reported missing Saturday night after he was wade fishing near the San Louis Pass Bridge.

Emergency crews searched 410 square miles for over 33 hours, according to the Coast Guard.


The U.S. Coast Guard is working with multiple law enforcement agencies to locate a teenage fisherman who disappeared in Galveston County.

The 17-year-old fisherman, identified by KSAT’s sister station KPRC as Yahir Elias Rodriquez, was wade fishing near the San Louis Pass Bridge when he disappeared around 8:37 p.m. Saturday, according to officials.

Rodriquez is described as being five foot, eight inches tall who was last seen wearing blue shorts and no shirt.

An “urgent marine information broadcast” was sent out at the time of the fisherman’s disappearance and Coast Guard air and boat crews were launched to aid in the search.

Multiple agencies are still working the search Sunday, which includes the following:

  • Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center
  • Coast Guard Station Freeport
  • Coast Guard Air Station Houston
  • Gulf Coast Rescue Squad
  • Jamaica Beach Police Department
  • Galveston Police Department
  • Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department

Anyone with more information on the missing fisherman is urged to contact Sector Houston-Galveston at 281-464-4851.

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Cody King is a digital journalist for KSAT 12. She previously worked for WICS/WRSP 20 in Springfield, Illinois.