Patrick Plummer, Ferry Passenger Overboard Suicide, John W. Johnson Texas Ferry – May 4, 2015, Time of Death 7:30.
Patrick Plummer, 63, was a passenger aboard the The Texas Department of Transportation ferry John W. Johnson on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 0730 hours as the ferry made an early morning run from Galveston, Texas to Bolivar. Plummer, suddenly jumped overboard as the ferry was midway in the crossing at the Galveston Ship Channel.
The John W. Johnson turned around to search for Plummer and the United States Coast Guard searched with rescue boats and a helicopter as well. The Galveston Ship Channel was closed between buoys 14 and 18 while crews searched. The ferry resumed operations at 1100 hours.
There were 29 vehicles and 87 passengers aboard at the time. The USCG stopped all ferry service in the region while a search was underway from 0730 hours until 1100 hours.
On August 21, 2015, Patrick Plummer’s body washed up on Crystal Beach, Texas at Goat Island on the Bolivar Peninsula. The police asked for the public’s help to identify the body. Ultimately it was identified as that of Patrick Plummer.
The Texas Department of Transportation ferry service is offered free of charge, with several ferries making runs throughout the day. They are a needed service by locals, especially those living on the Bolivar pennisula during hurricane evacuations.
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