HOUSTON — The Coast Guard and a tugboat crew rescued two boaters whose vessel capsized near Freeport, Texas, Friday.
Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report at 1:10
p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 that two men were in the water near the west
gate of the Brazos Locks after their 16-to-20-foot pleasure craft
capsized. The men were not wearing life jackets.
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed
the launch of a Coast Guard Station Freeport 29-foot Response
Boat–Small crew to assist.
The crew of the nearby 67-foot tugboat Lucas Paul Devall launched their
skiff and pulled both boaters out of the water. The Coast Guard boat
crew arrived on scene, took aboard the two men, and brought them ashore
to emergency medical services personnel waiting at Station Freeport.
Both boaters were reportedly in stable condition.
The capsized vessel is tied off to a tree outside the channel, west of the Brazos Locks.
“It is critical for boaters to wear life jackets at all times underway,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joshua Walker, operations
specialist, Sector Houston-Galveston. “Accidents on the water often
happen quickly, and it’s difficult to locate and don a life jacket in
the middle of an emergency.”