Coast Guard rescues three after helicopter makes emergency landing at sea

Coast Guard 8th District NewsHOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued three people after their helicopter made an emergency landing approximately 10 miles from Sabine Pass, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call from Rotorcraft Leasing Company, LLC., owner of the helicopter, stating that the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing, and the crew of three were entering a life raft. The company also gave watchstanders the position of the downed helicopter.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew from Coast Guard Station Sabine, and an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston to assist. The RBS arrived onscene and took the three uninjured crewmembers of the downed helicopter onboard. The three were transported to Station Sabine where they were met by representatives from Rotorcraft.

The helicopter is currently in tow via a commercial towing service.

“Thankfully the pilot was able to make his emergency landing safely so that our crews could pick them up,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Medina, search and rescue controller at Sector Houston-Galveston. “Having good working safety equipment also helped in this successful rescue.”

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