GALVESTON — Investigators continued their probe Monday of a boat wreck that killed the Santa Fe man who was operating the capsized vessel.
George Frazier 55 had picked up a pilot Saturday morning from a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico. They were on their way to shore shortly after noon Saturday when the boat capsized and sank. The U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call about the apparent accident at 12:08 p.m.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Mario Romero said his agency had not yet determined what caused the 57-foot pilot boat to capsize in the waters about three miles south of Galveston’s jetties.
Another pilot boat which reached the area minutes later rescued the researcher from the water. He sustained no life-threatening injuries.
Crewmembers found no sign of Frazier however.
Divers searching the area found Frazier’s body about 1:40 p.m. Sunday. Coast Guard rescue boats and a helicopter also participated in the search.
Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office spokesman John Florence said Monday afternoon that doctors there had not begun their autopsy of Frazier’s body to determine whether he drowned or suffered fatal injuries when the boat capsized. However reports at the scene contained no information about any signs of trauma.
Teams from a private company contracted to salvage the boat were working late Monday to raise it. Coast Guard officials said they didn’t know the depth of the water where the boat sank.