Coast Guard rescues boater after vessel washes ashore near Port Aransas

An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued a boater after his vessel was sighted washed ashore near the Port Aransas jetties Sunday morning.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a call from a Port Aransas Police Department member informing them that a boat with one person aboard had been seen leaving the Port Aransas jetties area and then was sighted washed ashore 15 minutes later with no one aboard.

A Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew was diverted and upon arrival to the scene, spotted the boater near the jetties. The boater was hoisted from the water and transferred to awaiting emergency medical services personnel at Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi.

“While all boaters are required to have a life jacket for each person aboard their vessel, we recommend that they wear these life jackets while underway,” said Capt. Edward Gaynor, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi commanding officer. “Accidents on the water, such as this one, happen fast and with very little notice. Today we were lucky to be in such close proximity, allowing us to rescue this individual in time.”

The weather was reported as 9-foot seas and 25 mph winds.

The boater was reported to be in stable condition.

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