Coast Guard rescue two boaters from sailing vessel taking on water near Freeport, Texas

Coast Guard rescue 2 boaters from sailing vessel near Freeport, Texas. MH-65E Dolphin Air Station Houston
Archive image: Tte crews at Coast Guard Air Station Houston conduct maintenance on an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to ensure the aircraft is safe for flight in Houston, Texas, Aug. 24, 2020.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Noel.

HOUSTON​ —​ A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew rescue two boaters from a sailing vessel taking on water near Freeport, Texas, Monday.

The Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a mayday call at 2:45 a.m. via VHF Chanel 16 from passengers aboard the Irish Eyes, a 28-foot sailing vessel, stating they were aground and taking on water after departing the west Intracoastal Waterway Floodgate at the Brazos River and heading south.

An Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter aircrew and a Station Freeport 45-foot Response BoatMedium boat crew they were immediately launched to assist the sailboat.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew hoists two boaters from the water after their sailing vessel became grounded and began taking on water Oct. 12, 2020, near Freeport, Texas. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a mayday call at 2:45 a.m. via VHF Chanel 16 from the boaters aboard the Irish Eyes, a 28-foot sailing vessel, stating they were aground and taking on water after departing the west Intracoastal Waterway Floodgate at the Brazos River and heading south.
U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Houston.

The MH-65E Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene and hoisted the boaters, who were wearing lifejackets, from the water due to rigging on board the sailboat. The boaters were safely transported to Station Freeport.

No injuries were reported.

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