Coast Guard rescues 3 from capsized boat near Freeport, Texas

The Coast Guard rescued three men from a capsized vessel June 20, 2017, near Freeport, Texas. Station Freeport small boat crews arrived after the men issued a mayday, and rescued all three from the capsized boat. Photo by boatswains mate 2nd class Sean Towey

The Coast Guard rescued three men from a capsized vessel June 20, 2017, near Freeport, Texas. Photo by Petty Officer Second Class Sean Towey

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued three men from a capsized boat Tuesday afternoon, about 13 miles southwest of Freeport.

At 2:54 p.m., a man on a Sea Ray Laguna boat broadcast a mayday over VHF marine band channel 16, which was received by Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders. The man was unreachable after the initial mayday call and watchstanders dispatched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Freeport and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter.

The Station Freeport response boat crew arrived to the mayday location at 3:25 p.m., finding three men on top of a capsized boat. All three men were rescued from the vessel and were taken back to the station. The men declined the need to be checked out by EMS.

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