Coast Guard provides assistance to sinking boat

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard lowered three dewatering pumps to a sinking boat about 40 miles southeast of Lake Charles, La., Sunday night.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call at 6:40 p.m. from the captain of the Jim Bordelon, a 100-foot supply boat, reporting they were taking on water and in danger of sinking.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew to provide assistance. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 7:53 p.m. and lowered a de-watering pump to the Jim Bordelon.

The pump was unable to keep up with the flooding, so Air Station Houston launched a second HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew with two more de-watering pumps. The Coast Guard also requested assistance from anyone within the vicinity of the Jim Bordelon. The closest boat, the Darline Beso, was over an hour away.

The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 10:31 p.m. and delivered both pumps to the Jim Bordelon. The Darline Beso arrived after the last pump had run out of gas and transferred their pump to the supply boat. The Jim Bordelon was able to make it safely to Grand Chenier, La.

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