Coast Guard rescues jet-skier

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a man stranded in Jones Lake near Texas City, Texas, this evening.

A watchstander from Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a cell-phone call from a boater at 5 p.m. Tuesday. The boater reported seeing a jet-skier stranded in the shallow waters of Jones Lake, Texas.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew to search for the jet-skier.

The boater, who spotted the jet-skier, assisted the Coast Guard by helping to direct the rescue helicopter crew to the man’s location.

At 6:30 p.m. the rescue helicopter crew located the stranded jet-skier, hoisted him and transported him to Station Galveston. There he was meet by local EMS, and treated for mild hypothermia and exposure.

“Not many boats transit Jones Lake during the week,” said Gene Davis, a Search and Rescue Specialist at Sector Houston-Galveston. “He was lucky to be spotted and rescued in such a short amount of time.”

The jet-skier was reported to be in good condition, and was wearing a life jacket at the time of rescue.

The Coast Guard reminds all boaters to file a float plan and leave a copy with a friend, relative or local marina before heading out on the water. If a boater has an emergency, the information will be available to local marine police and the Coast Guard. Additionally, if a boater is delayed they should update their float plan as soon as possible.

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