Coast Guard saves sinking vessel off the coast of Port Mansfield

Coast Guard 8th District NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard assisted a vessel with a crew of three from sinking 12 miles off the coast of Port Mansfield, Sunday morning.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at approximately 5:45 a.m. from crew members aboard the shrimping vessel Odin. The crew reported that the Odin was taking on water through the propeller shaft and requested immediate assistance. Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched an MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew at approximately 6:30 a.m. The rescue crew located the vessel approximately 14 miles off the coast of Port Mansfield.

The helicopter lowered two de-watering pumps and a rescue swimmer to the Odin. The de-watering pumps were able to decrease the water level therefore keeping the Odin afloat.

The fishing vessel Gina Dawn is currently towing the Odin back to port.

“The crew of this boat did the right thing by using VHF-marine channel 16 to contact the Coast Guard early enough that it was still a controllable situation,” said MH-65C pilot Lt Lane Cutler. “We are glad we were able to help keep their boat afloat and keep them safe today.”

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