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HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued five people from their overturned vessel 20 miles offshore Matagorda, Texas, Thursday.
Guard Sector Houston-Gavleston watchstanders received a report from a
Matagorda County Sheriff’s office dispatcher at 8:53 p.m. stating a
vessel was taking on water with five people aboard.
issued an urgent marine information broadcast, diverted an
already-airborne HC-144 Ocean Sentry air crew from Coast Guard Air
Station Corpus Christi and directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin
helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to respond.
Additionally, a Coast Guard Station Freeport Response Boat–Medium crew
was launched to respond.
HC-144 crew located the vessel and vectored in the helicopter crew who
then deployed a rescue swimmer to assess the boaters' situation. Once on
scene, the RB–M crew with the help of the rescue swimmer, embarked the
boaters and safely brought them to Station Freeport.
There were no reported injuries.
to the amazing cooperation and coordination between our Coast Guard
units, we were able to swiftly come to the aid of the five stranded
boaters whose cell phones failed them in their time of need," said Petty
Officer 1st Class Tyler Beasley. "This incident underscores the
critical role of VHF radios communication in maritime safety,
proving that reliable communication can make all the difference in
ensuring a swift and successful rescue."