Coast Guard rescues 6 after boat capsizes off Bay City, Texas

090127-8744K-0072HOUSTON — Coast Guard boat and helicopter crews located three missing fishermen near an unmanned rig early Saturday morning about 6 miles off Bay City, Texas.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a relay call through Matagorda County dispatchers from a man who made it aboard the unmanned rig as a boat capsized quickly with he and five others around 3:30 a.m. He and two other men made it aboard the rig, but three others were missing.

Crews aboard an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and a Station Freeport 45-foot Response Boat — Medium, quickly arrived on scene and began searching and found the three men close to one another drifting in the water about half a mile from the rig.

The Offshore Supply Vessel Elliot Cheramie was nearby and joined the search after recovering the three men from the unmanned rig.

All the men are being taken to Station Freeport and are reported to be in good health.

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