TOWER OF POWER: Structure may be key to saving lives


Pictured near the Coast Guard station at South Padre Island is a 400-ft., self-supported, steel lattice communications tower. (Staff photo by Craig Alaniz)

Port Isabel-South Padre PRESS

The construction of a 400-ft, self-supported, steel lattice communications tower on Coast Guard-owned property at Station South Padre Island may save lives.

The tower is being constructed adjacent to the 1923 USCG Station Port Isabel Building. The USCG has identified the need to modernize and replace its antiquated maritime search and rescue communications system in Texas as part of a nationwide mandate.

The new communications system known as “Rescue 21” has demonstrated its ability in helping the USCG save lives and will improve maritime safety within surrounding waters.

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