Coast Guard rescues man near Galveston jetty

 HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a 55-year-old Houston man from the Gulf of Mexico after his boat capsized near Galveston, Texas, this morning.

A Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstander received a call at 8:40 a.m. from a boater transiting the ship channel. The boater reported a capsized boat and debris in the water including a life jacket near the north end of the North Galveston Jetty.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat crew from Station Galveston, helicopter crew from Air Station Houston and diverted a second rescue boat crew from Marine Safety and Security Team Galveston to provide assistance.

At 9:06 a.m. the rescue boat crew located a man clinging to the last buoy at the north end of the Galveston jetty. The boat crew recovered the man and transported him to Station Galveston. Emergency medical services were waiting to take him to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.

He was reported to be in good condition.

“The rapid response of the stations boat crew is what saved this guy’s life, said Chief Jason Brisson, the executive officer of Station Galveston. “He was not wearing a life a jacket and wouldn’t have lasted.”

The boater reported that two foot seas are what caused his boat to swamp and capsize.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to always wear their life jackets and to ensure that all required safety equipment is onboard their vessel and in good, working order.

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