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Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin crew locates overdue boaters in Baffin Bay, Tx

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin crew locates overdue boaters in Baffin Bay, Tx
Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi aircrews locate two overdue boaters on the shoreline of Baffin Bay April 17, 2021. The boaters stated they had been stranded since noon the prior day after their vessel drifted from them while they were wade fishing.
U.S. Coast Guard photo.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas​ — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew located two overdue boaters in Baffin Bay, Texas, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report from the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office stating they were notified by a family member of two boaters who didn’t return to the Kaufer-Hubert Boat Ramp Friday evening.

A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew were launched to conduct a search.

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin crew locates overdue boaters in Baffin Bay, Tx
Archive image: an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew prepares to conduct a hoist of two mariners approximately 288 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, Jan. 2, 2020. The two sailors were aboard the 37-foot sailing vessel Rhapsody when it became disabled due to an engine room fire and activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon for rescuers to locate them.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Aviation Training Center Mobile.

The MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery helicopter aircrew located the 21-foot vessel with no signs of anyone aboard and continued to search the area. The HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew located the two boaters and vectored in a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department boat crew to recover both boaters.

The boaters were returned to the Kaufer-Hubert Boat Ramp. The boaters stated they had been stranded since noon the prior day after their vessel drifted away from them while they were wade fishing. There were no reports of injuries.

“Thanks to the efforts of our crew we were able to locate both boaters safely onshore approximately 30 minutes after the MH-65 crew located the vessel,” said Lt. Steve Danseglio, a Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry co-pilot. «We couldn’t have asked for a better outcome.»

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin crew locates overdue boaters in Baffin Bay, Tx
Archive image: an HC-144B Ocean Sentry, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi’s newest addition, rests on an airstrip in Corpus Christi, Texas on Feb. 20, 2019. This upgraded aircraft contains improvements that will allow aircrews to gather and process surveillance information that can be transmitted to other platforms and units during flight. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. j.g. Jessica Wright.

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