Coast Guard rescues 3 people near Bolivar Point, Texas

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued three men in Galveston Bay after their boat capsized near Bolivar Point, Texas, this morning.

A Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston watchstander received a call at 11:17 a.m. from the captain of the dredge boat Edward Fisher reporting that a 20-foot motor boat stuck a barge. The collision caused the motor boat to capsize near the entrance to the Intracoastal Waterway at Bolivar Point, Texas.

The units responding included two rescue boat crews from Station Galveston, a helicopter crew from Air Station Houston, and the Bolivar Fire Department.

At 11:47 a.m. boat crews from Station Galveston arrived on scence and rescued two men from the water. The crew then cut through the hull of the capsized boat and rescued the third man who had been trapped underneath.

All three men were taken to Station Galveston, where they were turned over to Emergency Medical Services. They were then transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, and are reported to be in good condition.

The three boaters’ were not wearing life jackets when rescued.

The Coast Guard is celebrating its 217th birthday today with more than 1 million lives saved since 1790 reminds all boaters to always where life their jackets and to ensure that all required safety equipment is onboard their vessel and in good, working order.

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