Coast Guard assists sinking fishing boat

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard assisted a sinking fishing boat about 20 miles east of Port Isabel, Texas, this morning.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a mayday call from the captain of the fishing boat Ivy, at 3:38 a.m., reporting that they were sinking.

Coast Guard Station South Padre Island dispatched a rescue boat crew and Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Falcon jet crew to assist. The Falcon jet crew had to turn back due to a heavy lightning storm, but the rescue boat was able to reach the Ivy.

When the rescue boat crew arrived at the Ivy, they found more than four feet of water in the engine room. The rescue boat crew passed a de-watering pump to the Ivy and with the help of the crew, was able to control the flooding in the boat before it sank.

The rescue boat crew started escorting the Ivy to port in Brownsville, Texas, but the fishing boat was unable to continue due to excess flooding. Another fishing boat from the same company arrived and took the Ivy into tow; the rescue boat crew remained with the fishing boats in case of emergencies and followed them in to port.

The fishing boats are both home ported in Brownsville.

No injuries were reported.

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