South Texas Coast Guard 4th of July activities

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Coast Guard units from the Colorado River to the international border with Mexico remained busy throughout the Fourth of July holiday.

Coast Guard Station Port Aransas crews stayed busy with a medical evacuation and enforcing a safety zone. Their boat crew medically evacuated a woman from a boat in the Corpus Christi ship channel after being contacted by the Port Aransas Police at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday. It was reported that she had fallen and was having difficulty breathing. She was treated by local emergency medical personnel at the Coast Guard station.

They also worked with the Coast Guard Auxiliary to establish a safety zone around a submerged car in the Packery Channel earlier that morning. The Corpus Christi Police Department dive team located the vehicle and removed it from the channel.

A Coast Guard Station South Padre Island boat crew retrieved two boaters after their 20-foot pleasure craft had run hard aground at the entrance to South Bay, South Padre Island. One of the three people aboard had been brought to the Coast Guard station by a Good Samaritan while other two waited for help.

“On the Fourth of July, we celebrate life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” said Capt. Samuel Creech, the commander of Sector Corpus Christi. “I am proud of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi’s men and women, who protect these ideals every day on the waters of the Coastal Bend.”

Sector Corpus Christi personnel annually conduct more than 450 search and rescue cases, assist 591 people in distress, save 83 lives, save $3 million in property, seize more than 5,500 pounds of drugs and 22 small craft conducting smuggling and illegal fishing, interdict and detain more than 130 illegal immigrants, maintain 1,300 aids to navigation, manage the safe arrival of 2,700 commercial vessels, conduct 900 facility visits, investigate 230 marine related incidents, perform 375 vessel inspections, and provide support for 37 Coast Guard cutters and boats in the Atlantic Area fleet.

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