Good Samaritans rescue 4 from burning boat off Galveston

A boat burns near the south jetty off Galveston, Texas, at sunset Sept. 19, 2015. A good Samaritan contacted the Coast Guard when fire was spotted and rescued all four people with Station Galveston's assist in transporting them to shore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Oliver R. Tallyn.)

A boat burns near the south jetty off Galveston, Texas, at sunset Sept. 19, 2015. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Oliver R. Tallyn.)

HOUSTON — Good Samaritans rescued four people aboard a boat when they saw it on fire at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday near the South Jetty off Galveston.

The good Samaritans called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston on VHF-FM channel 16 to report that they saw the boat on fire. Watchstanders launched two Coast Guard Station Galveston boat crews, who arrived on scene around 6:45 p.m. and assisted in transporting the four back to Station Galveston.

“It’s good that we had a quick response and we were able to save four people,” said Seaman Jason Hall, one of the boat crewmen from Station Galveston. “It’s also nice to see that there are good people that are willing to help.”

One of Station Galveston’s boat crews stayed on scene with the burning boat until it burned to the waterline and sank out of the navigation channel.

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