Coast Guard assists four people aboard shrimping vessel taking on water

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard assisted four people aboard the 65-foot shrimping vessel Miss Lauren, which was reported to be taking on water approximately 10 miles off Baffin Bay in the Gulf of Mexico, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a call at 3:08 a.m. from the captain of the Miss Lauren, reporting that his shrimping vessel was taking on water. At the time, the 4-person crew of the Miss Lauren was battling flooding conditions in the engine room where the water was knee-deep and continuing to rise.

An HH-65C rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi was launched, and a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas was dispatched to assist in the response. The helicopter rescue crew lowered a dewatering pump and hovered overhead until the rescue boat crew arrived on scene.

The crew of the Miss Lauren used the pump along with its own pump to gain control of the water intake. The rescue boat crew arrived on scene to assist in determining the source of the flooding. It was reported to be a loose fitting on a winch. After securing the source of the leak, the crew of the Miss Lauren kept the Coast Guard pump onboard and continued on their shrimping excursion.

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