Coast Guard rescues man stranded by Humberto

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard rescued a San Antonio man after his sailboat was stranded seven miles north of Sabine, Texas, this morning as Hurricane Humberto hit the coast.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call at 4:30 a.m. from the captain of a tug boat requesting assistance. The tugboat captain reported that he had rescued the man from a sailboat stranded in the shallows in Taylor’s Bayou.

The Coast Guard launched an HH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston and a rescue boat crew from Station Sabine. The helicopter crew arrived on scene, hoisted the man and transported him to the Station Sabine where he was reported in good condition.

Daniel Hogenaver a 65-year-old man from San Antonio, Texas was sailing along the Intracoastal Waterway from Cortez, Fla., to Corpus Christi, Texas when he became of victim of Hurricane Humberto. Hogenaver had taken shelter in Taylor’s Bayou in an attempt to avoid the hurricane as it swept up the Texas coast. During the night high winds and seas drove Hogenaver’s 40-foot sailing catch, Pepin, into the shallows. Using two flashlights he was able to signal to a passing tugboat captain.

The Coast Guard would like to strongly remind the maritime community and boating public to track the storm’s progress and take early action to protect themselves and their vessels. Extremely high seas, heavy rains and damaging winds that accompany tropical storms and hurricanes present serious dangers to mariners. Rescue and assistance by the Coast Guard and other agencies may be severely degraded or unavailable immediately before, during and after a devastating storm.

Dangerous weather conditions generated by a tropical storm or hurricane can cover an area hundreds of miles wide. Even those recreational boaters and the maritime industry that fall outside of the direct path of the storm are advised to be aware of dangerous weather conditions and take appropriate precautions to stay safe and minimize damage
Here are a few tips to help mariners protect themselves, their families and their vessels:

  • Do not go out to sea in a recreational boat if you know a tropical storm is approaching.
  • Contact local marinas to ask for advice about securing your vessel. Marina operators are knowledgeable and can advise you on the best methods for securing your boat.
  • Take action now. The effects of a tropical storm can be felt well in advance of the storm itself and can prevent the safe completion of preparations.
  • Check with local authorities before entering any storm-damaged area. Do not rush to your boat. Boaters should not place themselves in danger to get to a boat.
  • Do not try to reach your boat if it has been forced into the water and is surrounded by debris. Wait until authorities have made safe access available. Do not try to board a partially sunken boat; seek salvage assistance from a professional.

In some areas, warning flags are flown to warn boaters of dangerous weather conditions.

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