Coast Guard rescues three stranded boaters in Baffin Bay

In this file photo, a Coast Guard crew from Station Chincoteague, demonstrates the capabilities of the 24-foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water in the Elizabeth River near Portsmouth, Va., Friday, Nov. 21, 2008. The SPC-SW, a new asset intended to operate in areas that other response boats cannot reach, will enhance capabilities for search and rescue, law enforcement, and Homeland Security missions. (U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Jones)

USCG File Photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard rescued three men stranded in their disabled boat in Baffin Bay, Thursday evening.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call from the Kleberg County Sheriff’s Office at approximately 10:30 p.m., reporting that three men were stranded on a 19-foot pleasure boat in Baffin Bay. One of men aboard the boat reported that the propeller was disabled. The Coast Guard launched a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew from Air Station Corpus Christi.

The Coast Guard SPC-SW crew arrived on scene and was unable to reach the men due to the extreme shallow water conditions. The Dolphin crew hoisted the men and transported them to an awaiting EMS crew at Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi.

The men were reported to be suffering from mild hypothermia.

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