Coast Guard rescues 5 people

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard rescued five people from the water after their boat capsized four miles east of Port Aransas, Texas Friday evening.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at approximately 6 p.m. Friday from Lisa Kay reporting that her husband, Alvin Kay, and four friends were over due from a fishing trip. The Coast Guard launched a HU-25 rescue jet crew from Air Station Corpus Christi, and a rescue boat crew from Station Port Aransas.

Kay, a 69-year-old boat owner from San Antonio, Texas, along with four friends departed Port Aransas early Friday morning to go fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. At approximately 11 a.m. their 21-foot boat capsized when three of the individuals on board moved to the same side. The boat was 10 miles offshore and began drifting towards Port Aransas. The survivors attempted to signal three passing boats using an orange flotation device rigged to a pole.

At 8 p.m. the Coast Guard HU-25 jet crew located the overturned boat. Station Port Aransas boat crew arrived on scene shortly afterwards and rescued all five. The survivors were reported to be in good condition with only minor injuries of sunburn and cuts.

“The individuals were quickly found because all on board were wearing their life jackets, and all stayed with the capsized boat until being rescued,” said Lt. j.g. Ben Sparacin, Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi.

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