By Muhammad Atef | May 4, 2021

Search suspended for U.S. Air Force member who went missing near Surfside Beach, Coast Guard says

SURFSIDE BEACH, Texas – The Coast Guard has suspended the search for a U.S. Air Force member on Monday who disappeared near Surfside Beach Sunday.

Crews had been out for 28 hours, covering 100 square miles by boat and air, trying to find Elijah Posana, 22.

Earlier Monday, Posana’s father pleaded for additional resources to help find his son.

“We cannot just wait like this for his body to go the inland water. We need somebody to search for him 24 hours,” Erneto Posana told KPRC 2.

The elder Posana said his son was using his three weeks leave from his station in Missouri to vacation with his family.

Coast Guard members said Posana was swimming approximately 100 feet from shore when an individual reported seeing him being pulled by a rip current. Boat and helicopter crews were dispatched to search the area.

“The decision to suspend a search is always an extremely difficult one to make,” said Capt. Jason Smith, Sector Houston-Galveston commanding officer. “Every time we run a search and rescue case, we think of the missing as our own and in this case, the missing is a fellow service member which definitely weighs heavily on our hearts. Our deepest condolences go out to the airman’s family and friends.”

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