Coast Guard rescues 4 people after boat goes over dam

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued four people from the Colorado River after their boat went over a dam in Bay City, Texas, early tonight.

A Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstander received a call from the Matagorda County Sheriff’s Office requesting assistance to help save two people in the water after their boat went over a dam and became wedged near the bottom. It was later discovered that the boat also had two children onboard.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched a rescue helicopter and lowered their rescue swimmer into the rushing water. The swimmer spotted and rescued a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old boy. The pair were flown to a nearby golf course where emergency medical technicians were standing by. The helicopter flew back out over the submerged boat, this time hoisting the two adult men. One boy and one adult were immediately flown to the hospital by a medical evacuation helicopter.

The dam is 150 feet high.

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