Coast Guard responds to capsized vessel near South Padre Island

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft - Law Enforcement file photo

Coast Guard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft – Law Enforcement file photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued one boater and recovered a second unresponsive boater after their vessel capsized near South Padre Island, Texas, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector/Air station Corpus Christi watchstanders were notified by the Willacy County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 11:30 a.m. to report that a 21-foot boat had capsized with two persons aboard off the Port Mansfield jetties.

Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and launched a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island and the Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo to the scene. A Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew was diverted from a training mission to assist.

Once on scene, the HC-144 aircrew spotted the two boaters in the water. A Coast Guard Station South Padre Island rescue boat crew recovered both boaters, and transferred them to awaiting emergency medical services at the Poco Loco boat ramp in Port Mansfield.

One boater was reported in stable condition, the other was reported as unresponsive.

The cause of the capsize is unknown and there is no reported pollution in the water.

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