Coast Guard responds to sinking vessel near Corpus Christi

USCG file photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard is responding to a fishing vessel taking on water approximately 50 miles east of Corpus Christi, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at approximately 1 p.m. from the captain of the Ella Deonna, a 65-foot long-liner fishing vessel, reporting that the vessel was taking on water in its engine room.

The Coast Guard launched an Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew, a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas, and the Coast Guard Cutter Amberjack to the scene.

The Dolphin arrived on scene at approximately 2:30 p.m. and delivered a dewatering pump to the Ella Deonna.

The Amberjack will tow the the vessel to safe harbor.

“The crew of this boat was proactive,” said Dolphin pilot Lt. Rob Stotz. “Their boat is still floating because they were prepared with patching equipment and the crew was knowledgable.”

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