Coast Guard rescues 7 adults, 1 child from burning fishing vessel off Freeport Jetties

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HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued seven adults and one child from a fishing vessel that caught fire approximately 3 miles southeast of the Freeport Jetties, Saturday.

At 5 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a Mayday call on channel 16 from a crewmember on a 48-foot fishing vessel reporting that the boat was on fire and they were preparing to abandon ship.

Boatcrews aboard a 29-foot Response Boat — Small and a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Coast Guard Station Freeport were immediately launched to assist. The boatcrews arrived on scene and contained the fire. The seven adults and one child were then transferred to the 29-foot RB-S and taken to the Bridge Harbor Yacht Club in good condition.

The fishing vessel was then taken in tow by crewmembers aboard the 45-foot RB–M and taken back to Station Freeport. The vessel was inspected and cleared by the Freeport Fire Department, and the boatcrew then towed it to Surfside Marina.

“Today’s case is a great example of how having proper safety equipment and being ready for anything can make a difference,” said Lt. j.g. Melissa McCafferty, the command duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. “Not only did all members aboard the vessel have life jackets, they also had a six-man life raft in case the situation further deteriorated. It is also important to recognize the outstanding effort of Station Freeport. Their quick response was incredible and prevented a tragic situation. Thanks to their efforts, they ensured the safety of all eight persons.”

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