Coast Guard rescues 3 from sunken shrimp boat near Sabine Pass, Texas

300 shrimpPORT ARTHUR, Texas — A Coast Guard boatcrew rescued three men after their 28-foot shrimp boat took on water and sank in the mouth of the Sabine River, Monday morning.

At approximately 4 a.m., 911 dispatch notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that the shrimp boat Captain Kevin was taking on water. Moments later Eighth Coast Guard District New Orleans watchstanders called with a report of an electronic position indicating radio beacon going off in the same area.

Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched a Coast Guard Station Sabine 45-foot response boatcrew to assist with dewatering the boat.

The boatcrew arrived on scene at about 4:30 a.m. and encountered a debris field. They discovered the Captain Kevin had sank. After a short search, two men were recovered on the jetties and a third was found hanging onto a life ring. None of them were wearing life jackets. All three were taken aboard the 45-foot boat and transported to Station Sabine.

One man was taken by ambulance to Southeast Texas Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.

The Vessel Traffic Service has restricted in and outbound traffic on the waterway while the debris field is investigated.

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