Coast Guard assists 9 people aboard disabled vessel taking on water near Port O’Connor

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard assisted a disabled vessel taking on water with nine people aboard, 33 miles southeast of Port O’Connor, Sunday.

At 3 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a distress call from a crewmember aboard the fishing vessel High Class Hooker, stating that they were disabled and taking on water with nine persons onboard.

Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders immediately dispatched a boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat—Medium from Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor, as well as an aircrew aboard a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and an aircrew aboard a HU-25 Falcon jet from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi.

The aircrews were able to locate the vessel and guide the RB-M boatcrew to the location to provide assistance. Once the crew of the boatcrew arrived, it was determined that the leak was manageable and the vessel was taken in tow back to Port O’Connor to facilitate repairs.

“Fortunately, the crew of the vessel was able to contain the leak before our assets arrived on scene,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Allen, the search and rescue mission coordinator for the case. “This prevented a bad situation from turning into a worse one. We’re glad we were able to get them safely back to port without further incident.”

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