Coast Guard rescues 3 from damaged fishing vessel near Sabine Pass, Texas

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescues three fishermen from a 74-foot shrimp boat 20 miles offshore from Sabine Pass, Texas, June 5, 2019. The fishermen activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon and abandoned ship to a liferaft after their vessel was reported to be struck by a possible tornado. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Brad Harbert.

An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew rescues three fishermen from a 74-foot shrimp boat 20 miles offshore from Sabine Pass, Texas, June 5, 2019. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Brad Harbert.

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued three fishermen after they abandoned ship from a shrimp boat approximately 20 miles offshore from Sabine Pass, Texas, Wednesday evening.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report from the owner of a 74-foot commercial shrimping vessel that three fishermen were in need of assistance after their vessel was struck by a possible tornado. The fishermen activated their emergency position indicating radio beacon and abandoned ship to a liferaft.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was launched to assist. Once on scene, the aircrew hoisted the three fishermen from the liferaft and transported them to the air station at Ellington Field in Houston.

The vessel was last reported afloat with no signs of pollution. All three fishermen were reported in good condition.

Weather on scene was 10 to 15-foot seas with 46 mph winds.

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