Coast Guard, good Samaritan medevac 2 after boat collision

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard responded to a collision between a power boat and a catamaran involving eight adults and five children Saturday inside the Corpus Christi shipping channel and just west of the ferry channel.

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a mayday call from a crewmember aboard a catamaran stating that there had been a collision between the catamaran and another boat. Coast Guard Station Port Aransas launched a 25-foot Response Boat — Small to assist.

The Coast Guard boatcrew located the vessels in the position indicated. The catamaran had visible damage, but was able to make it to shore. The power boat had sank just outside the ship channel. Everyone aboard both the boats made it to shore safely. One adult reported a head injury and a second person reported having a back injury. The two adults were transported to Station Port Aransas by a good Samaritan and the response boat.

“We are thankful that there were good Samaritans on scene to assist with the case today,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Phillip Raska, the coxswain for the response boat. “In instances like this, when timing could be critical, it is great to have public assistance.”

Texas Parks and Wildlife will be conducting the investigation as to the cause of the incident.

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