Safety gear helps save two off Texas coast

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas rescued two San Antonio men 5 miles off the coast of Port Aransas this morning.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a call at approximately 10:50 a.m. from a 911 dispatcher. The dispatcher had received a call from a man who reported that the 26-foot boat he and another man were aboard was taking on water.

A Coast Guard 45-foot response boat and crew from Station Port Aransas was launched and reached the reported position of distress within 15 minutes.

There was no sign of the boat or the men at the reported position and the rescue crew began to search the area. Shortly after the search began, one of the men fired a red flare that caught the attention of the rescue boat crew.

When the rescue boat crew located the men they found that their boat was almost entirely submerged. One man was wearing a lifejacket and the other was holding onto a life ring.

“Proper safety gear played a key role in the successful outcome in this case,” said Petty Officer Eric Uhr, the coxswain of the rescue boat. “Had these gentlemen not had access to flotation equipment and flares it may have taken our crew a lot longer to locate them,” Uhr said.

The survivors were reported to be in good condition and without injury.

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