Coast Guard rescues 5 stranded men off Port Mansfield

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard assisted five people after their 30-foot fishing vessel became disabled, early Tuesday morning.

A watch stander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call from a cell phone of a friend of the missing boaters at 10:06 p.m., Monday, reporting that his friends left the dock in Port Mansfield at 7:00 a.m. to head 60 miles offshore to fish for grouper.

Sector Corpus Christi immediately began broadcasting a UMIB and attempting to gather more info to develop search area. A watchstander contacted the mens cell phone providers for a GPS position off one of the men’s cell phones.

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Falcon Jet rescue crew to assist. At approximately 3:50 a.m., the Falcon rescue crew located the overdue fishing vessel 21 nautical miles offshore of Port Mansfield after they deployed a red flare. Station South Padre Island dispatched a 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat to tow the disabled vessel back in to port. The rescue boat crew arrived on scene at 6:32 p.m. and placed the vessel in a stern tow.

Proper safety gear played a crucial role in the quick location of the missing boaters. The boat had a VHF radio, life jackets, plenty of food and water, GPS, and flares on board.

The men were reported to be in good condition.

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