Coast Guard opens independent investigation into kayaker’s death

The Coast Guard is independently investigating the boating collision that led to the death of 31-year-old Trace Richardson of Portland.

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The collision occurred on May 27, 2019, near Harbor Island, Texas.  According to a press release, the Coast Guard is investigating the collision between a vessel with an outboard motor and a kayak that is believed to have occurred early on the morning of Memorial Day near the Harbor Island road launch in the Aransas Channel between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas.  The time is estimated to be around 5:42 a.m. which would have been at least 45 minutes before daybreak.

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The Coast Guard is requesting anyone with information regarding this tragic incident to contact the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard says its investigation is in addition to other state and local agencies investigating the incident and findings are independent.

The Coast Guard’s investigation is in addition to any investigation being conducted by state and local agencies and its findings will be independent of those made by any other agency.  The Armed Forces branch says investigators cannot confirm any findings already released to the public regarding any violations or other unsafe practices from either vessel involved in the collision.  The Aransas Pass Police Department and the Texas Parks and Wildlife are also investigating.

Anyone that would like to provide information regarding this incident may call (361) 429-5609 or e-mail

Location where kayak and boat collision occurred on May 27, 2019.

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