Coast Guard saves 4 from sinking boat off South Padre Island

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsSOUTH PADRE ISLAND, Texas — Four people were rescued by a Coast Guard boatcrew about 12 miles east of Port Isabel, Sunday afternoon.

A Coast Guard Station South Padre Island rescue boatcrew located and rescued them from their sinking 24-foot Sea Ray, which lost power amid four to five-foot seas.

“Thankfully, the passengers were all wearing life preservers when our crew arrived on scene,” said Cmdr. Dan Deptula, the response officer of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “Once their vessel lost power, they immediately anchored to keep their bow into the waves. Their good thinking ensured our crews had enough time to find them, but they were prepared for the worst.

“These boaters, however, were very lucky to be within cell phone range. We lost communications with them due to being so far off
shore and were fortunate to find them in time. We strongly urge mariners to carry a reliable VHF marine-band radio.”

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