Saturday, November 03, 2007

Sabine search for missing boaters


Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Eric Bruno (from left to right), Mandy Ardoin and Jeff Melancon search for Craig Phelps, 27, and Roger Frank, 18, near the Sabine River Bridge (I-10) in Orange, Texas on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007.


Craig Phelps' friends and family members gather under the Sabine River Bridge (I-10) as officials continue to search the Sabine River near Orange. The Frank family searched from a different location. Craig Phelps' 3-year-old son, Kenneth Phelps, was found alone in a stranded aluminum boat hours after Phelps had gone to search for Roger Frank. Frank's canoe overturned on Tuesday.


Officials continue to search for missing boaters near the Sabine River Bridge (I-10) on the Louisiana side of the Sabine River near Orange, Texas.


A Coast Guard helicopter flies over the Sabine River Bridge (I-10) as the search for two missing boaters continues in Orange.


US Coast Guard petty officers Chris Coleman (bow) and Felix Bultron pass an Orange County Sheriff's boat as both search for Craig Phelps and Roger Frank near the Sabine River Bridge (I-10) in Orange, Texas. Phelps was searching for Roger Frank when he was reported missing as well.


US Coast Guard petty officers Chris Coleman (left) and Felix Bultron (right) search for Craig Phelps and Roger Frank near the Sabine River Bridge (I-10).


US Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris Coleman searchs for Craig Phelps and Roger Frank on the Sabine River, which is the border between Texas and Louisiana.

Please read "Treacherous Sabine River torments two families" by Mike D. Smith.

1 comment:

polsong said...

Thanks for posting the great photos of the search for Craig Phelps and Roger Frank. As you probably know, Craig Phelps' body was found and investigators report he appears to have been struck by the propeller of his own boat.

We cover propeller injuries and propeller accident prevention on our Propeller Guard Information Center
http://www.rbbi.com/pgic

but photos really bring search and rescue efforts to life.

You might be interested in this set of photos of a recent search and rescue effort in Michigan for a similar aged young man who fell from a passenger vessel and was struck by the propeller. Several of the photos bear similar elements to yours (lots of orange and reds, bridge, water, small vessels, "the search", green shores, etc.)
http://cu.mininggazette.com/pages/gallery.php?gallery=296308

Thanks again for posting the great photos. Typically, text only news reports or news reports with one small photo focus on the person struck by a propeller or their families, and rightfully so. The efforts of the searchers are often not carried across as strongly as they can be by more and larger images. Yours are all the more visually and emotionally captivating when you consider one of those being searched for had actually been a searcher himself when he went missing.

Gary Polson
Propeller Guard Information Center.