Coast Guard, good Samaritan rescue 3 near Matagorda jetties

Coast Guard 8th District NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard responded to a report of three people who where stranded on the Matagorda jetties, Monday.

A good Samaritan notified Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor at 10 a.m., that three people on the jetties were waving their arms and requesting assistance.

Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew to the scene. One of the stranded men, a diabetic, was rescued by a good Samaritan. The crew of the RBS arrived onscene and transferred the other two people from the jetties to a local marina. All three were treated by local EMS and released.

The three had been fishing when their boat capsized at approximately 6:30 p.m., Sunday. They only had enough time to put on life jackets but were unable to send out a distress call. They remained with their boat and drifted until about an hour before sunrise on Monday morning, when they safely made it to the jetties.

The reported cause of the capsizing was water coming in over the stern of the vessel. Commercial salvage crews were on scene to retrieve the capsized vessel Monday. The Coast Guard did not receive any reports of overdue vessels.

“Wearing life jackets increased these people’s chance for survival,” said Capt. Kathleen Moore, Deputy Commander at Sector Corpus Christi. “Filing a float plan is a safe boating practice that would have allowed the Coast Guard to respond earlier when the vessel was overdue.”

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