Coast Guard assists fishing vessel taking on water near Port Mansfield, Texas

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat-Medium file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Corinne Zilnicki

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A Coast Guard crew assisted a 67-foot fishing vessel taking on water near Port Mansfield, Texas, Thursday evening.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report that the fishing vessel, Bella Ariel, was taking on water and in need of assistance.

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station South Padre Island 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew were launched. A Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi HC-144 Ocean Sentry was diverted.

Once on scene, the crew of the RB-M assisted in dewatering the vessel by passing over a dewatering pump and a boarding team. The source of the flooding was secured and the vessel successfully dewatered.

Bella Ariel was able to make way under her own power.

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