Coast Guard rescues fourth boater, search continues for fifth

HOUSTON – At approximately 12:30 p.m. today, an Air Station Houston HH-65C rescue helicopter crew hoisted the fourth missing man who was onboard the 18-foot powerboat that capsized yesterday, in the Gulf of Mexico.

He was located on an oil rig 6-miles offshore of Caney Creek in Matagorda County — approximately 16 miles from where the vessel was found — and has been flown to an airfield in Brazoria County where EMS were awaiting his arrival. The Coast Guard is continuing to search for the fifth and final missing boater.

This search and rescue effort began July 27 at 6:41 p.m. when Good Samaritan reported a capsized powerboat 12-miles off the coast of Freeport, in the Gulf of Mexico with five people in the water. Two of the boaters were rescued by a rescue boat crew, and the third boater was hoisted by a rescue helicopter crew. All were in the vacinity of their boat.

The response has included a rescue boat crew from Station Freeport, an HH-65C rescue helicopter crew from Air Station Houston, and the cutter Manta.

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