Guard transports three missing boaters to Port Aransas

PORT ARANSAS, Texas — Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas transported three missing boaters to Port Aransas, Sunday.

The crew of the Good Samaritan vessel Affordable Fantasy rescued the three missing men 180 miles from Port Aransas at approximately 8:20 p.m., Saturday. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas met the Good Samaritan vessel approximately 50 miles offshore, where the men were transferred on board a Coast Guard 45-foot small boat. The three men were then transported to Station Port Aransas where they were reunited with family members.

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston initially received a call Aug. 22 from the Matagorda Police Department reporting the men overdue from a fishing trip. Coast Guard aircraft, cutter and small boat crews had searched approximately 86,000 square miles.

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