Coast Guard, Texas A&M salvage crew recovers deceased victim from Cynthia Woods

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard along with a Texas A&M salvage crew from T&T Marine Salvage has recoved a deceased victim from the sailboat Cynthia Woods 27 miles southeast of Freeport, Texas, late this afternoon.

A watchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston received a call at 3:47 p.m. from divers aboard T&T Marine Salvage, a company contracted by Texas A&M, reporting they had recovered the deceased victim.

Earlier in the day an Air Station Houston HH-65C dolphin rescue crew located the transponder belonging to the Cynthia Woods and the cutter Manowar recovered the transponder.

At approximately 2 a.m. a helicopter rescue crew from Air Station Houston located five of the six missing people. The crew safely hoisted and transported the boaters to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, where they were reported to be in stable condition.

The initial call came in to a watchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston, June 7, from the emergency contact for the sailboat. The contact reported they had lost communication with the sailboat at approximately midnight and the sailboat also missed its 8 a.m. radio check.

The response has included rescue crews from Station Freeport, two HH-65C dolphin helicopter crews from Air Station Corpus Christi and Air Station Houston, a Falcon jet from Air Station Corpus Christi, a C-130 from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., a Marine Corps C-130 from Ft. Worth, Texas, and the cutter Manowar.

“The high level of experience and knowledge possessed by the crewmembers aboard the Cynthia Woods assisted the Coast Guard in an effective search and rescue effort,” said Capt. William Diehl, commanding officer of Sector Houston-Galveston.

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