HOUSTON — The Coast Guard crews assists six people on a 32-foot boat approximately 56 nautical miles offshore Freeport, Texas, Saturday.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a notification at 12:30 p.m. Saturday of a disabled and adrift boat with six people aboard approximately 30 miles offshore Freeport. The reporting source was a friend who had communications with the disabled boat through a two-way satellite communicator.
Once on scene, the RB-M crew was unable to locate the boat and commenced searching the area. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew to assist in the search.
The Coast Guard contacted the communicator device manufacturer directly to assist and successfully located the boat approximately 17 miles from its last known position.
The RB-M crew was vectored to the position, evaluated the passengers for medical concerns, and towed the disabled boat to Bridge Bait in Freeport, Texas.
No injuries were reported.
“Having the two-way satellite communicator onboard with a friend monitoring shore side made a vast difference in helping our aircrew and surface asset quickly locate and render assistance to those stranded on the disabled boat 56 miles offshore with inclement weather heading to the area,” said Lt. Cmdr. Ian Murray, search and rescue mission coordinator.
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