Coast Guard rescues two near Port Aransas jetties

Coast Guard District 8 NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued two people after their boat began taking on water north of the Port Aransas jetties, Sunday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Command Center received a call at approximately 4:15 p.m. on channel 16 from the sailing vessel Majestic reporting that they were taking on water.

Watchstanders diverted a HU-25 Falcon jet and crew, and launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas to assist.

Since the vessel did not have GPS, and the Falcon crew used directional finding equipment to locate the source of the distressed vessel’s radio transmissions. The Falcon crew found the Majestic approximately 20 miles north of their initially reported position. The vessel was approximately 100 yards from the beach and caught in the surf.

A MH-65 Rescue Helicopter and crew from Air Station Corpus Christi was launched at approximately 6 p.m. to assist in the rescue. Once on scene, the Dolphin crew lowered the rescue swimmer to the water, then landed on the beach to conserve fuel. The rescue swimmer was able to swim to the vessel and assess the situation. The two mariners were pulled from the sailing vessel, and the helicopter hoisted them and rescue swimmer.

The two people were flown to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, where the Navy EMS evaluated them.

The weather in the area was a wind speed of 23 knots (26 mph), 8 miles of hazy visibility and 6-to-7-foot seas.

The Coast Guard will investigate for pollution and any hazards to navigation.

“The Coast Guard utilized multiple resources to conduct this rescue,” said Lt.j.g. Chrisntine Igisomar, Sector command center duty officer. “I am proud of how our units pulled together to get everyone back home safely.”

The Coast Guard would like to encourage everyone that, regardless of weather, to always have the necessary safety equipment to include a proper fitting lifejacket and signaling devices, such as flares and a VHF-marine band radio. For more information on boating skills and seamanship safety courses with the local Coast Guard Auxiliary, please visit the Coast Guard’s boating safety resource center: http://www.uscgboating.org/

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