Coast Guard crews responded to multiple search and rescue cases Sunday along the Texas coast resulting in 17 lives saved or assisted.
Ten search and rescue cases were logged, including:
- The Galveston Beach Patrol and Coast Guard Station Galveston rescued 12 boaters from three separate boats after they capsized from severe weather;
- Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter crews hoisted a fisherman to safety after he fell into the water 11 miles off Galveston;
- Coast Guard Station Freeport rescued a kayaker who was offset by weather off Surfside beach in Freeport;
- and a good Samaritan assisted Coast Guard Station Sabine Pass in rescuing three boaters 23 miles southeast of Sabine, after their boat starting taking on water.
“We assisted 17 mariners who were firsthand witness to the devastating effects of strong winds and heavy rains,” said Lt. Matthew J. Walter, a command duty officer at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston, in a news release. “I strongly urge all mariners to check the weather regularly before departing the dock and while enjoying themselves on the water. Severe weather can arise quickly and take even the most prepared mariners off guard.”
The Coast Guard reminds all boaters and mariners to do the following before heading out on the water:
- Wear a life jacket at all times;
- File a float plan;
- Check the weather prior to departing the dock;
- Have a marine band radio and visual distress signals on board;
- Have a registered 406MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon;
- Have a Personal Locator Beacon;
- Do not boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.