Skip Navigation Links
Front Page
About GNSExpand About GNS
CommunitiesExpand Communities
EducationExpand Education
Links Directory
Medicine & Science
Opinion/ForumExpand Opinion/Forum
Public Safety

Public Safety News
United States Coast Guard
News Release
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Coast Guard rescues 4 from boat fire, responds to capsized boat with 2 aboard

HOUSTON — Coast Guard Station Freeport crews responded to two consecutive maritime emergencies to save people from the water Sunday afternoon.

At 1:03 p.m., four people aboard a 1974, 40-foot, Viking sport fishing boat, made a mayday call on VHF channel 16. They reported an uncontrollable boat fire and they needed to abandon ship to their life raft about 9 miles south of Surfside.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched a Station Freeport 45-foot response boat crew, who arrived at 1:40 p.m. and recovered all four people from their life raft.

At 1:44 p.m., Brazoria County dispatch reported that someone made a 911 call after his boat capsized near the Freeport Jetties and his friend hadn’t made it to shore. The watchstanders launched Station Freeport’s 29-foot response boat to rescue the man, but he made it to shore wearing a life jacket before they arrived. At 1:53 p.m., the Freeport Police department reported that he made it safely to shore.

The 29-foot boat crew picked up the four survivors from the other boat crew, who stayed with the burning boat until it sank at 3:15 p.m.

“These are two examples of how proper safety gear will save your life; life rafts and life jackets,” said Zachery Edwards, a watchstander at the sector. “The VHF radio pinpointed the mariners position.”

Remembering Jim Guidry

Guidry News Service is headquartered in Midtown Houston.
at 4001 Fannin Street, Suite 4109, Houston, TX. 77004-4077
(409) 763 NEWS(6397)
© 1996, Guidry News Service. Duplication of any part of this website in any manner is prohibited.