Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a call from one of the persons in the water at approximately 3:15 p.m., stating that their 36-foot catamaran had capsized. The three were unable to put on their life jackets.
The Coast Guard launched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew from Station Galveston and a MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Houston to assist.
The RBS crew was able to reach two of the people in the water. But due to the catamaran’s rigging in the water, the small boat crew was unable to reach the third person. The helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer to assist the third person, an elderly man, and help him to the RBS.
The three people in the water were rescued without injury.
“This was an instance that our training came into play. All of us working together made this rescue run smoothly and without unnecessary risks,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Josh Magie, an aviation survival technician at Air Station Houston.