Coast Guard Provides Pump to Sinking Vessel

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard lowered a dewatering pump to a sinking vessel about 25 miles south of Cameron, La., late this afternoon.

A Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstander received a distress call from the Gulf Master, reporting they were taking on water and in danger of sinking.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched a rescue helicopter and Coast Guard Station Sabine dispatched a rescue boat to provide the crew of the motor vessel with another pump and to ensure that if the boat did sink, help would be there.

The Gulf Master dropped off two members of its crew onto an oil platform, West Cameron 149, and began heading towards shore.

The HH-65C Dolphin helicopter hoisted a pump from the rescue boat and passed it to the Gulf Master’s sister ship, Brenda Lee, who arrived to assist.

The Gulf Master made it the El Paso Shore Base dock on the west side of Cameron safely.

Source: USCG D8 Public Affairs

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