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Coast Guard rescue 3 boaters after vessel fire near Galveston, Tx

Coast Guard rescue 3 boaters after vessel fire near Galveston, Tx
Archive image: U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Roger Alvarez, an aviation maintenance technician assigned to Coast Guard Air Station Houston, renders a salute to the USCGC Mohawk (WMEC 913) in the Atlantic Ocean, Sept. 11, 2022.
The MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew departed the Mohawk for a two-day transit back to Coast Guard Air Station Houston.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jessica Fontenette.

HOUSTON —​ The Coast Guard crews and good Samaritans rescue three boaters​ Sunday after a vessel fire near Galveston, Texas.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a report at 9:25 a.m. from the crew of the Master Dylan, a dredge barge, of three people in the water near a 25-foot oyster boat that had caught fire in Galveston Bay. The dredge barge crew safely removed all three people from the water. The boater’s injuries reportedly included a broken leg, severe burns and smoke inhalation.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) aircrew.

Once on scene, the RB–S crew took aboard the three boaters and transported them to Station Galveston,​ where emergency medical services (EMS) personnel were waiting to transport them to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.​

Coast Guard rescue 3 boaters after vessel fire near Galveston, Tx
The Coast Guard and Good Samaritans rescue 3 boaters near Galveston.
A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter crew provides oversight while a Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small medevacs three people from a dredge barge after their vessel caught fire and sank in Galveston Bay, Texas, Nov. 6, 2022.
The three boaters were transported to Station Galveston where emergency medical services personnel were waiting to transport them to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.
U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Air Station Houston.

The 25-foot oyster boat sank outside the ship channel; the crew of the Master Dylan marked the location with a red buoy. The oyster boat’s owner will arrange for its salvage.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.​

«We applaud the crew of the Master Dylan for quickly rendering assistance and alerting us to the emergency,» said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Smith, Sector Houston-Galveston.​ «We remind all mariners to stay vigilant while out on the water because you never know when someone may be in need of assistance.»

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