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Search For Missing Man Continues at Falcon Lake

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Search For U.S. Man Continues at Falcon Lake

Search teams continue to scour the water for the body of David Michael Hartley, who was shot in the head by suspected pirates on the Mexico side of Falcon Lake. It has been reported that the authorities have resumed their search operations for Hartley on the U.S. side of the 60-mile-long lake that connects Texas with Mexico.

On September 30th, the 30-year-old David Michael Hartley was shot while he was riding on jet skis with his wife in Mexican waters on Falcon Lake. While the couple was crossing back into U.S. waters, about six gunmen approached in two boats and fired upon the couple.

While the couple tried to speed away, David Hartley was shot by the pirates. Police were informed about the incident by his wife, who escaped to safety on the U.S. side of Falcon Lake.

Falcon Lake was created in 1954 and is popular for water skiers and bass fishing. In the year 2010, there have been at least five such confrontations with pirates in Falcon Lake.  Officials at the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) say Hartley’s apparent death marked the fifth incident since April 30 in which U.S. residents ventured into Mexican waters and encountered pirates on Falcon Lake. Prior to last week, the most recent occurred on Aug. 31, when authorities say pirates aboard a small boat with “Game Wardin” written on its side, in duct-tape lettering, tried to intercept a Texas fisherman. The fisherman, aware of warnings about pirates on the lake and recognizing the misspelling of the word “warden,” managed to outrun the Mexican vessel to safety, officials said.

DPS officials are warning anyone headed to Falcon Lake to be on the lookout for vessels typically used by Mexican fishermen: boats with a large prow, a small outboard motor without a cowling, and no identification numbers on the hull.  Officials say the pirates appear to be using local Mexican fisherman to operate the boats to get as close as possible to American fishermen in an effort to rob them.

Governor Rick Perry said last week that the shooting highlights the need for federal government to better secure the southern border.

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