Names of 5 people rescued this morning

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a missing child and four adults from Houston, 5 miles south-southeast of Baytown, Texas, this morning.

Rescued were:

Steven Lopez, 6-year-old boy, Santos Lopez, 56 ( Steven’s Grandfather), Jose Rivas-Lopez, 33 (Steven’s father), Geraldo Hernandez, 36, and Anthony Bismark Rodriguez, 42, all five were from Houston.

The Coast Guard issued Hernandez, the boat owner three safety violations:

  • lack of proper documentation,
  • no throw able flotation device i.e. life ring,
  • and no fire extinguisher onboard.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters to:

  • ¬†wear Coast Guard approved life jackets
  • be aware of weather and water conditions
  • never boat or paddle alone
  • file a float plan to let others know where you are going, and make sure they know what to do and who to call in case of an emergency
  • be constantly aware of other vessels in the immediate area
  • be cautious – do not exceed your ability to handle your vessel
  • carry a VHF radio – these radios allow for any boater in your vicinity to hear your call and the signal can be easily traced by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all boaters and paddlers take every opportunity to attend a recreational boating safety course to enhance their navigational skills. Courses are offered through their respective state, with the Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons, both of which can be accessed through http://uscgaux.org/ or http://usps.org/ . Additional course information is available through the BOAT/U.S. foundation at 1-800-336-BOAT.

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