Coast Guard provides assistance to sinking boat

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard lowered a dewatering pump to a sinking boat 33 miles south of Freeport, TX, this afternoon.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Freeport received a call at 2:16 p.m. from the captain of a passing motorboat reporting the fishing boat Proud Mary was taking on water and in danger of sinking.

Coast Guard Air Station Houston launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew to provide assistance. The helicopter crew arrived on scene at 3:21 p.m. and lowered a dewatering pump and rescue swimmer to the sinking boat. When the rescue swimmer arrived on the boat, all three people on board had their life jackets on, and the water was coming over the engines in the engine room.

Coast Guard Station Freeport dispatched a rescue boat crew with two more pumps to provide further assistance. They arrived at the Proud Mary at 4:48 p.m., finished dewatering the fishing boat and towed it back to Freeport.

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