A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin aircrew rescue 3 stranded boaters near Freeport, Texas. Archive image: A rescue swimmer from Coast Guard Air Station Houston dangles from an MH-65E Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) during a search and rescue demo. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Corinne Zilnicki.
HOUSTON — A
Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescue three stranded boaters near Freeport, Texas. Monday, September 18, 2023.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report at 12:23 p.m. of three men aboard a 15-foot jon boat that was disabled and anchored between the Brazos and San Bernard Rivers.
Coast Guard watchstanders issued a marine assistance request broadcast, but received no response. Due to the lack of response, watchstanders directed the launch of a
Coast Guard Station Freeport 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew to assist, then issued an urgent marine information broadcast.
The Coast Guard
RB-M boatcrew arrived on scene, but was unable to assist due to shallow water. Because of a dragging anchor, the jon boat drifted ashore, stranding the three men on the beach of an inaccessible barrier island.
Coast Guard watchstanders directed the launch of a
Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65E Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew.
Upon arriving, the
MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter crew deployed the rescue swimmer, hoisted all three stranded boaters and transported them to Texas Gulf Coast Regional Airport in Angleton, Texas.
No injuries were reported. The vessel’s owner will arrange for its salvage.
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