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Coast Guard rescues 6 boaters 8 miles offshore Port O'Connor, Texas

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Posted at 9:10 PM, Jun 04, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-04 22:10:14-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard rescued six boaters from the water after their vessel capsized and sunk Friday eight miles offshore Port O'Connor, Texas.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a mayday call via VHF Channel 16 at 11 a.m. stating a 21-foot center console was taking on water with six people aboard and at risk of capsizing.

The vessel was equipped with a personal locator beacon which provided a position of the vessel to watchstanders and GPS coordinates were pulled from a cell phone and provided as the vessel began to sink.

A Station Port O'Connor 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew and a Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched to assist.

The RB-M crew arrived on scene and located six boaters in the water who were all wearing lifejackets. The crew recovered all persons from the water and safely transported them to Froggies marina.

The capsized vessel had completely sunk and no injuries were reported.

"This case exemplifies why it's important to have life jackets and communications equipment aboard your vessel," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Derik McClain, Coast Guard Station Port O'Connor coxswain. "The response boat crew was able to locate this vessel and account for all passengers without delay because the owner was prepared."