Coast Guard rescues 3 from vessel taking on water near Matagorda, Texas

A shrimping vessel lies partially submerged in Matagorda Bay near Matagorda, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. Coast Guard Station Port O' Connor rescued three mariners after receiving information of their vessel taking on water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Port O' Connor)

A shrimping vessel lies partially submerged in Matagorda Bay near Matagorda, Texas, Aug. 26, 2019. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Station Port O’ Connor)

CORPUS CHRISTI — The Coast Guard rescued three mariners aboard a disabled vessel taking on water near Matagorda, Texas, Monday morning.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report of a disabled shrimping vessel that was taking on water approximately two miles from the Matagorda jetties.

A Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew was launched.


The mariners contacted the command center via cellular phone and informed them that they would be abandoning the vessel. Watchstanders instructed the mariners to ignite a flare to make the RB-M crew aware of their location.

Once on-scene the three mariners were taken from the water onto the RB-M and then transported to Station Port O’Connor. There were no reported injuries.

The vessel remains partially submerged in Matagorda Bay approximately 300-yards from shore. A Safety Marine Information Broadcast has been issued to mariners in the area. The owner of the vessel has made vessel salvage arrangements.


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