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Coast Guard crews rescue 5 boaters near Matagorda, Tx

Coast Guard crews rescue 5 boaters near Matagorda, Texas
Coast Guard crews rescue 5 boaters near Matagorda, Texas.
Archive image: The Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew conducts hoist training with the Famous-class medium endurance cutter USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913) in the Atlantic Ocean, July 5, 2022.
USCGC Mohawk is on a scheduled deployment in the U.S. Naval Forces Europe area of operations, employed by U.S. Sixth Fleet to defend U.S., allied, and partner interests.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Fontenette.

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard crews rescue five boaters from their overturned vessel 20 nautical miles offshore Matagorda, Texas. Thursday, August 17, 2023.

Coast 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.

Watchstanders 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-65E Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to respond. Additionally, a Coast Guard Station Freeport Response Boat–Medium crew was launched to respond.

The HC-144 Ocean Sentry crew located the vessel and vectored in the MH-65 Dolphin aircrew 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.

«Thanks 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.»

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