Officials identify man missing in Intracoastal Waterway

A U.S. Coast Guard public affairs official in Houston has identified a man for whom rescue crews are searching.  The official said the man is John Tran, 56, of Bridge City.

Tran has been missing since a collision between a barge, tug boat and Tran's boat.  The collision happened about 500 feet west of Goat Island in Sabine Lake, Sunday. 

Petty Officer Amanda Emery said Tran was the only person on his boat.

The Coast Guard, Port Arthur Fire Department and Jefferson County Sheriff's Department are searching for Tran.

The captain of tug Father Seelos called the Port Arthur around 2:30 p.m. Sunday notifying them of the collision.

"We're utilizing all efforts possible to locate the missing person," said Senior Chief Petty Officer Joshua Tidey, an operations specialist at Sector Houston-Galveston. 

"We currently have two surfaces assets, an air asset, and two partner agencies conducting search and rescue operations," said Tidey.


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