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Coast Guard assists disabled boat 56 miles offshore Freeport, Texas

Coast Guard assists disabled boat 56 miles offshore Freeport, Texas
Archive image: Galveston, Texas — an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Houston practices rescue basket operations with a 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Galveston, Texas, as the National and Coast Guard ensigns flap in the wind.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Eggers.

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.

Watchstanders were unable to establish communications with the disabled boat and directed the launch of a​ Station Freeport​ 45-foot Response BoatMedium​ boat crew to the boat’s last known position.

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 boat’s position was quickly passed to the MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew who located it 56 miles offshore.

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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