Coast Guard saves lives from sinking vessel

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Pictured is a 24-foot Sea Ray that lost power Sunday amid four to five-foot seas. Four passengers were rescued by a Coast Guard boat crew. (Photo courtesy of the US Coast Guard)

Special to the PRESS

Four people were rescued by a Coast Guard boat crew about 12 miles east of Port Isabel, Sunday afternoon.

A Coast Guard Station South Padre Island rescue boat crew located and rescued them from their sinking 24-foot Sea Ray, which lost power amid four to five-foot seas.

“Thankfully, the passengers were all wearing life preservers when our crew arrived on scene,” said Commander Dan Deptula, the response officer of Sector Corpus Christi. “Once their vessel lost power, they immediately anchored to keep their bow into the waves. Their good thinking ensured our crews had enough time to find them, but they were prepared for the worst.

“These boaters, however, were very lucky to be within cell phone range. We lost communications with them due to being so far offshore and were fortunate to find them in time. We strongly urge mariners to carry a reliable VHF marine-band radio.”

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