Good Samaritan and Coast Guard rescue 4 from capsized boat near South Padre Island

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CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — A good Samaritan assisted four boaters after their vessel capsized near the Queen Isabella Causeway, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call from a good Samaritan at 10:04 a.m. reporting that he had rescued four people, two men and two women, from the water after their vessel capsized four miles north of the Causeway.

Two 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boats and crews were dispatched from Coast Guard Station South Padre Island to the scene.

Once the SPC-LE arrived on scene, one of the men pulled from the water collapsed and became unresponsive. He was transferred to the SPC-LE and the crew started CPR. The four were then taken to Station South Padre Island to awaiting EMS.

The stricken man was later pronounced deceased, the remaining three were in good condition.

“We applaud the efforts of the good Samaritan, as well as the efforts of our professional crew members,” Petty Officer 1st Class Tony Colburn, Operations Unit Controller at Sector Corpus Christi. “Unfortunately this case didn’t turn out as we had hoped.”

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