Thursday, November 05, 2009

Updated Info on the Search for JOE!!

The searchers were able to cover 8sq miles of San Jose Island with 25 volunteers today. The island is 23 miles long. They designated search areas with flags and coordinated search groups and all went smoothly.

We desperately need more people and boats. The ferry only drops people off at one place. Therefore, everytime the searchers are dropped off they are having to go over the same area that has already been searched. We need boats to be able to take people to different points on the island. We do have one 18ft shallow water boat owned by Jeff that will be here at 3PM. We need boat captains to operate commercial boats.

Tomorrow (11-05-09) we have kayakers that are going to cover marshy area. There are at least 2 so far. They are starting at 7:30AM. We have access to more kayaks. If you are an experienced kayaker and would like to help, please get in touch with us.

There will also be at least 5 people on mountain bikes. This enables them to go further and faster up the beach. We need more mountain bikers. If you are coming out and have one, please bring it. Street bikes can't make it over the terrain. It must be a mountain bike.

We had someone contact us with a search dog who is going to be out tomorrow.

There will also be 2 helicopters flying in from Houston. They will be leaving from Corpus Christi Internationl Airport to start their search. They are each taking 2-3 people with them to be lookouts. The pilots names and Brent and Dominic and we are so grateful for their services! One is doing this for free and the other one is negotiating a price with the helicopter's owner.

There is also a fixed wing aircraft flown by a volunteer marine luetenant that will be covering San Jose and Matagorda Island. Two volunteers are needed to fly with him and serve as look outs. They need to have good eye sight and observant.

Equusearch is also mobilizing their resources and volunteers tomorrow.

About 3/4 of the island is owned by Bass. We need them to give us permission to search the property. Please pray that we get in contact with someone from Bass asap. This is of utmost importance.

Car pooling or just giving rides is definitely appreciated. We have volunteers already that are getting here even without their own vehicles. In particular we are looking for someone to drive to the West Side of Corpus Christi by Sams Club to transport a volunteer to and from Fishermans Wharf for the 7:30am drop off.

If you're not able to come in person to search but would like to contribute, we are in need of money. There are resources to be paid for and the funds so far are low. You can contact me for the mailing address for checks and money orders to be sent to or you can send money via PayPal to
nhimitrust@yahoo.com

We have set up a blog so people can easily access all the updated info.
http://www.findjoehouston.blogspot.com/

Again, please contact us if you want more info or to sign up for the search. Thanks for all your efforts!
Amy Warner 361-334-6703 Volunteer sign up and general information
Tawny Novosad 361-876-8969 Food and supply coordinator
Nicole Lamberti 973-477-8051 Search planning and resources (ie boats, aircraft, search dogs)

Top priority is access to Bass property, boats, and funds. Please pray for all these to be provided and if you can help, please contact us.

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