Good Samaritans rescue 4 from capsized boat

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HOUSTON — The crew of a fishing boat homeported in Galveston rescued four people after hearing a Coast Guard report of a vessel taking on water, Monday, approximately 100 miles southeast of Galveston.

The captain of the sinking boat contacted Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders at 6:21 a.m., and reported his 31-foot boat was taking on water with four people aboard. The watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, alerting crews in the area to the four people in distress.

The crew of the fishing boat Blackjack contacted Sector Houston-Galveston, saying they had picked up the four people from the capsized vessel using the coordinates included in the UMIB.

“It’s awesome seeing someone respond to the UMIB like that,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Schroeder, a watchstander with Sector Houston-Galveston. “He was in the area, only 40 minutes away and he responded. It shows the system works.”

Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack retrieved the survivors from the Blackjack and transported them to Galveston.

GALVESTON, Texas - The US Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack, a 110-foot cutter, sits at its berth in Coast Guard Sector Galveston August 7, 2012. The Skipjack is designed for law enforcement operations along the Texas coastline. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Metcalf.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Kevin Metcalf.

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