Monday, June 03, 2013

Release: Coast Guard saved and assisted 17 lives off Texas coast

News Release

Coast Guard saved and assisted 17 lives off Texas coast

HOUSTON — Coast Guard crews along the Texas Gulf Coast responded to multiple search and rescue cases Sunday resulting in 17 lives saved or assisted.
In total, 10 search and rescue cases were logged:
  • The Galveston Beach Patrol and Station Galveston rescued a total of 12 boaters from three separate boats after their boats capsized from severe weather
  • Air Station Houston helicopter crews hoisted a fisherman to safety after he fell into the water 11 miles off Galveston
  • Station Freeport rescued a kayaker who was offset by weather off Surfside beach in Freeport
  • A good Samaritan assisted Station Sabine Pass in rescuing three boaters 23 miles southeast of Sabine, after their boat starting taking on water.
"Today we assisted 17 mariners who were first hand witness to the devastating effects of strong winds and heavy rains," said Lt. Matthew J. Walter, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston. "I strongly urge all mariners to check the weather regularly before departing the dock and while enjoying themselves on the water. Severe weather can arise quickly and take even the most prepared mariners off guard."
The Coast Guard reminds all boaters and mariners to do the following before heading out on the water:

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