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Coast Guard rescue 4 from vessel taking on water near Port Mansfield, Tx

Coast Guard rescue 4 from vessel taking on water near Port Mansfield, Tx
Archive image: A 433rd Airlift Wing Airman from Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas is hoisted out of the water by a U.S. Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from USCG Sector Corpus Christi, Texas during water survival training as part of Exercise Alamo Express in the Gulf of Mexico, Sept. 17, 2016.
Alamo Express is the 433rd AW’s premier training exercise that prepares Airmen for real-world situations.
During the exercise, aircrew will conduct land and water survival training, cargo uploading and downloading, communications, aerial port procedures, transportation and oversight of the total air mobility process.
U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Matthew B. Fredericks.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescue four boaters after their vessel began taking on water approximately 13 miles north of Port Mansfield, Texas, Monday.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders​ received​ notification from a family member of a 18-foot pleasure craft vessel taking on water with four people aboard in the Intracoastal Waterway. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast.​

A Coast Guard Station South Padre Island Special Purpose CraftLaw​ Enforcement response boat crew and a Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter aircrew were launched to the scene. The boat crew​ located and rescued four boaters before transporting them to the Harbor Bait and Tackle boat ramp in Port Mansfield, Texas.

«This case exemplifies the importance of vessel owners having proper boating safety gear and being aware of changing environmental conditions while out on the water,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Gilbert Ruedas, a Station South Padre Island boat crew coxswain. «It was very fortunate that all onboard were wearing lifejackets.»

-USCG-

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