Coast Guard rescues 4 from shrimp boat south of Jamaica Beach

A Coast Guard Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew responds to an 86-foot shrimp boat taking on water with four people aboard 11 miles south of Jamaica Beach, Texas. The boat crew was unable to dewater the shrimp boat due to significantly oily water in the engine room, but successfully removed the four people from the vessel and transported them to Station Galveston. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Station Galveston)

A Coast Guard Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew responds to an 86-foot shrimp boat taking on water with four people aboard 11 miles south of Jamaica Beach, Texas. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Station Galveston)

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued four men from a shrimp boat taking on water 11 miles south of Jamaica Beach, Texas, Friday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a notification at 1:20 a.m. from Coast Guard Station Galveston watchstanders reporting a 31-foot shrimp boat taking on water with three people aboard.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew.

Once on scene, the RB–M crew reported that the shrimp boat, the Captain Alex, was 86 feet in length and had four people aboard. The boat crew passed over a P-6 pump and two crew members to assist with dewatering the vessel.

Due to significantly oily water found in the engine room, the RB–M crew was unable to dewater the vessel.

The Coast Guard crew removed the four men from the shrimp boat and transported to Station Galveston.

No injuries were reported. The shrimp boat, which reportedly sank, is reported to have a maximum potential of 17,000 gallons of diesel aboard. The Coast Guard continues to monitor pollution response efforts.

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