Coast Guard recovers body of missing SPI swimmer

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — The body of a man who went missing while swimming was recovered.

According to the Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi Public Affairs Office, the body of Christian Reddix, 26, was recovered at 10:59 a.m. on Thursday.

Since Wednesday, the Coast Guard had been searching for Reddix, who was last seen swimming near South Padre Island.

Coast Guard officials said the next of kin was notified immediately.

According to a press release, Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders were notified by the South Padre Island Police Department of a missing swimmer near Beach Access 21.

An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and Station South Padre Island Response Boat-Medium, as well as Response Boat-Small boat crews were launched to conduct the search.

Additionally, an urgent marine information broadcast was issued by the watchstanders.

Other departments involved with the search include — Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson, Texas Parks and Wildlife, SPI Fire Department Beach patrol and SPI Police.

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7:30 a.m.
By Laura B. Martinez, The Brownsville Herald

The Coast Guard continues to search for a 26-year-old male who was last seen swimming near South Padre Island, Wednesday.

Missing is Christian Reddix a 26-year-old African-American male with red hair last seen wearing black shorts and a white tank top.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders were notified by South Padre Island Police Department of a missing swimmer near Beach Access 21.
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast. An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and Station South Padre Island Response Boat-Medium and Response Boat-Small boat crews were launched to conduct the search.

Involved in the search are: Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, Coast Guard Station South Padre Island, Coast Guard Cutter Edgar Culbertson,Texas Parks & Wildlife Department South Padre Island Fire Department Beach Patrol, and South Padre Island Police Department.

Anyone with any information is requested to contact the Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi public affairs office at (361) 438-0176.