Coast Guard, good samaritan assist sinking commercial fishing boat

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard assisted two people aboard a sinking 50-foot commercial fishing boat approximately 30 miles east of Port O’Connor, Thursday at approximately 8 a.m..

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a mayday call from the captain of the Angie L at 7:17 a.m., reporting the boat was rapidly taking on water.

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew to assist. Coast Guard Station Port Aransas dispatched a 45-foot rescue boat crew to the scene, while Station Port O’Connor also dispatched a 25-foot rescue boat. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 8:14 a.m. to find a good Samaritan, the motor vessel La Louisiana, assisting the crew of the Angie L who were anchored and completely disabled with no power or communications. The helicopter crew lowered a dewatering pump to the Angie L and the crew was able to dewater the boat enough to prevent it from sinking until the Coast Guard rescue boat crew arrived.

After arriving on scene, rescue boat crew assisted with dewatering. The 87-foot Cutter Manatee was diverted from its patrol and is currently towing the Angie L back to Port O’Connor.

“The good Samaritan played a key role in the successful outcome in this case,” said Lt. Brian Schmidt, the helicopter rescue pilot. “They pulled up next to the sinking vessel and used an interpreter to relay communications from the all Spanish speaking crew back to the Coast Guard,” Schmidt said.

No injuries were reported.

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