Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection continue escorting Mexican vessels to safe harbor

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection crews escorted 53 Mexican shrimping vessels into the Port of Brownsville Saturday and are escorting another 32 Mexican vessels into port Sunday.

“We have issued a small craft advisory for the Coastal Bend region and are advising mariners of the large swells and high tides along the South Padre Island and Boca Chica Beaches,” said Lt. Garrett Barker, a public affairs officer at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi.  “Our primary concern and focus is on anyone who is not heeding these warning, as well as possible inland flooding due to large quantities of forecasted rain.”

Hurricane Ingrid is forecasted to reach sustained winds of 100 mph before reaching landfall in Mexico.

The Coast Guard continues to receive requests from Mexican shrimping vessels seeking safe harbor in the Port of Brownsville and currently projects approximately 250 Mexican shrimping vessels to seek safe harbor before the weather subsides.

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