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Coast Guard rescue 3 boaters near Bastrop Bay, Texas

Coast Guard rescue 3 boaters near Bastrop Bay, Texas
Archive image: Members of U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston and the USCGC Stone (WMSL 758) wheel an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter across the Stone’s flight deck off Florida’s coast on Dec. 30, 2020.
The helicopter was sheltered in the Stone’s hangar before heading south on its first patrol.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Hightower.

HOUSTON​ — A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew and Response Boat-Small crew rescue three people aboard a disabled vessel Monday near Bastrop Bay, Texas.

Coast Guard Station Freeport watchstanders​ received notification at 11:30 p.m. Sunday, from the father of one of the boaters stating that their​ green 18-foot jon boat was disabled with no food or water and no working cell phones.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch Coast Guard Station Freeport 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew to assist.

The RB-S crew arrived on scene, but was unable to reach the vessel due to the water depth and kept visual on the boaters until the MH-65 Dolphin SRR helicopter aircrew arrived.

A U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin aircrew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston hoist boaters from their disabled 18-foot vessel near Bastrop Bay, Texas, Jan. 3, 2022.
The crew transported the three boaters back to Air Station Houston to their awaiting families.
U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston video.

The MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter air crew arrived on scene, recovered two of the boaters and left the remaining boater due to weight limitations on the aircraft. A rescue swimmer was left with the RB-S crew near the boat. After dropping off the first two boaters, the Dolphin helicopter crew returned and picked up the remaining boater and rescue swimmer.

The boaters were transported to awaiting family members at Air Station Houston.

No injuries were reported.

«Cases like this really show the importance of having some type of emergency communication device whether it’s a VHF-FM radio or an emergency position indicating radio beacon, it’s important to be prepared for unexpected situations when out on the water,» said Lt. j.g Tiana Lewter, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command duty officer. «Thankfully, due to the call from the worried father and the rapid response from our Coast Guard units, we were able to get the three boaters back to their families.»

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