HOUSTON — The Coast Guard assisted 33 people aboard an adrift passenger vessel off Galveston, Texas, Saturday.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a call on
VHF-FM channel 16 at about 11 a.m. from the captain of the dolphin
sightseeing vessel Baywatch Too stating the vessel had lost steering and
was drifting toward a dredge pipe in a highly trafficked area near
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and
directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Galveston 45-foot Response
Boat–Medium crew. Meanwhile, a Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 6-8 boat
crew arrived on scene to assist and relay communications.
The RB–M crew arrived on scene, placed the Baywatch Too in tow and
safely transported the vessel, crew and passengers to Pier 21 in
"It is fortunate we were patrolling nearby, heard the call for help
and were able to relay communications between the Baywatch Too and the
Coast Guard command center," said Greg Hoffnung, coxswain of the
Auxiliary Flotilla 6-8 boat crew. "We recommend that all boaters keep a
listening watch on channel 16 so they can support fellow mariners in
distress, especially during such a busy holiday weekend."