Coast Guard rescues man overboard off Kemah, Texas

65 Houston 2HOUSTON — A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old man after he fell overboard from a sailboat about 5 miles east of Kemah Thursday afternoon.

The other man aboard the sailboat called Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at about 2:15 p.m., to report his friend fell overboard and he was unable to recover him after two attempts.

Watchstanders launched the MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Houston boat crew to search for the man. The air crew located him around 3:15 p.m. and he was hoisted and transported to back to the air station where local EMS was standing by to make sure he was okay.

“This is a perfect example of prudent seamanship because he was wearing his life-jacket,” said Lt. Melissa McCafferty, the lead search and rescue controller at Sector Houston-Galveston.

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