HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Wednesday, after their boat flipped over near an island in Galveston Bay, 5 miles off Kemah.
Rescued were David Fuhrman and Nick Hunter, who reported that he is enlisting in the Coast Guard.
At 9:43 a.m., the boaters made a mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16, stating the boat had flipped.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders were unable to communicate with the men on the radio. From information they gleaned from his mayday call and based on the direction of his transmissions, they launched a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, a Coast Guard Station Galveston 45-foot response boat crew, and a Coast Guard Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew to search the most probably areas.
An aids-to-navigation construction tender, the Coast Guard Cutter Clamp, happened to be nearby and spotted the men’s capsized boat on an island at about 11:40 a.m. They reported it to the watchstanders, who sent the 29-foot boat crew and helicopter aircrew to the location.
The boat crew rescued one of the men and the helicopter crew medevaced the captain, with a potentially broken leg, to Ellington Field where EMS was standing by.
Hunter is reported to be shipping off to Coast Guard boot camp later in September.