Coast Guard Station South Padre Island rescues 6 adults and 1 minor

D8 LogoCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard rescued six adults and one minor aboard an 18-foot recreational boat taking on water near the Port Isla Blanca boat launch 9:30 p.m., Wednesday.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., a boater aboard the recreational boat called Coast Guard Station South Padre Island watchstanders and reported taking on water approximately 200 yards outside of the Brownsville Ship Channel with a fog advisory coming into effect.

Coast Guard Station South Padre Island crewmembers aboard a 33-foot response boat arrived at buoy marker 5 in the channel. Once the Coast
Guard crew was on scene, the distressed boaters were able to dewater their boat and it was placed into a side tow and brought safely to
Port Isla Blanca, at about 10 p.m.

“This was the coxswains first search and rescue case and due to our igorous training program, Petty Officer 3rd Class Nolan Sherrill was
able to use his knowledge and safely execute the case,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class William Miller, the officer of the day on watch.

Boaters are reminded to always check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly with appropriate personal protective equipment, always
have enough life jackets for everyone aboard, have sufficient and appropriate medical supplies, always carry a marine VHF radio capable
of calling for help, file a float plan and communicate it with friends and family.

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