6 missing after boat sinks in Gulf of Mexico

11:37 PM, May 21, 2012   |    comments
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GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - An extensive daylong search by the U.S. Coast Guard turned up no sign of six people who had radioed that their fishing boat was sinking in the Gulf of Mexico off Galveston.

Darkness prompted a Monday evening halt to the extensive, painstaking air and sea search. Petty Officer Richard Brahm said plans were to resume the search Tuesday morning.

According to a Coast Guard statement, an unidentified man saying he was a fishing boat captain radioed Sunday afternoon saying the vessel was taking on water and that six people aboard planned to take to an orange life raft.

Brahm said no other reports were received by telephone or other sources to confirm a vessel was overdue or that any of six people were missing.

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