Coast Guard rescues two canoeists in Red Fish Bay

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued two people after their canoe began taking on water in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at approximately 9 a.m., from a father and son who were stranded on an island in Red Fish Bay, south of Aransas Pass. The pair became stranded when they encountered inclement weather, and their canoe began taking on water.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi were dispatched to the scene. Although the Dolphin crew encountered high winds of more than 40 knots, they were able to locate the father and son and hoisted them to safety.

Both were taken to Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, where they were treated for minor injuries and cold weather exposure.

“We are so glad we were able to locate and rescue this family. It is also a good reminder to mariners that bad weather can come quickly.” Said Lt Brian Schimdt, a Coast Guard pilot. “ It is important to not only check current weather, but the forecasts. Filing a float plan is also a great tool for the safety of mariners.”

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