Coast Guard helicopter crews rescue two men from burning vessel

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard medevaced two men from a fishing vessel engulfed in flames in Corpus Christi Bay, Saturday.

A Coast Guard HH-65C rescue helicopter was in the air when the crew spotted the billowing smoke coming from a fishing vessel in the Intercoastal Waterway at approximately 2:10 p.m.

The rescue helicopter crew diverted and arrived on scene to find two people in a life raft next to the burning fishing vessel. The crew then lowered the rescue swimmer into the water to assess the situation. One of the men, who had sustained burns to 20% of his body and was showing signs of shock, was immediately hoisted.

The rescue swimmer and the other survivor were left on scene with a Good Samaritan boat and a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas. An HU-25 Falcon jet circled overhead while a second HH-65C rescue helicopter crew was diverted to recover the rescue swimmer and the second survivor.

The rescue helicopter crews transported both men to Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi.

The condition of the first man is unknown. The second man was reported to be in stable condition upon arrival to the hospital.

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