Coast Guard rescues 2 men following capsizing of boat; man survives 12 hours in cold water

PORT O’CONNOR, Texas – The Coast Guard rescued two men following the capsizing of their 16-foot aluminum boat in the vicinity of Port O’Connor, Friday.

A watchstander from Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at 7:18 p.m. from the Calhoun County Sheriff’s department reporting that a man had called them via cell phone stating his boat was rapidly taking on water. He reported his position between Matagorda Island and Port O’Connor.

Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor immediately launched a 41-foot Utility Boat and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small to search the area.

At approximately 3 a.m. Saturday, a rescue boat crew located the first boater. The 20-year-old man from Louisiana was found clinging to an oil platform in Espirito Santo Bay. The man suffered from exposure to the elements but was reported to be in stable condition. The man was transported by the rescue boat crew to Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor where he was examined by EMS crews, and determined to be in good condition. He remained overnight at Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor to wait for transportation.

The rescue boat crews continued to search throughout the early morning hours and at approximately 7:30 a.m. the second man was found holding on to a portion of the capsized boat. The 42-year-old Port O’Connor man was also taken to Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor to awaiting EMS. EMS crews then transported the man to Port Lavaca Memorial Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia.

The two men were hunting on Matagorda Island, and they were attempting to return to Port O’Connor for supplies when their boat began taking on water.

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  1. Martin Perilloux says:

    I am the father and brother in law of the two men rescued in Port O’ Conner. I can not thank you enough. My wife and I drove from Ponchatoula Louisiana all night to get to the station. I received updates on the rescue operation as well as help finding driving directions when lost. I can not thank you enough. Martin Perilloux

  2. Hoping for the Dog says:

    What efforts have been made to find the dog. Loyal pets are often not considered worth the cost of a rescue, but there are those officials who do care anyway. Prayers for SUE…

  3. cgnews says:

    I’m not sure what dog you are talking about. There is no mention anywhere in the story about a dog.

  4. P. Tippit says:

    Every effort was made by officials and others to find SUE. We have been informed. SUE the Chesapeake has been found. She did not survive the cold rough water. It was very foggy and helicopters could not be used.