Two rescued from Galveston Jetty

Sailboat drifts into South Galveston Jetty Courtesy Photo U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston

By Joseph R. Fonseca

A Coast Guard aircrew plucked 2 men from the south
Galveston Jetty Saturday morning, after their sailboat lost
steering and ran into the rocks.


At 9:06 a.m., the crew of the 27-foot sailboat called Coast Guard
Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders for help. While they were
on the phone, the sailboat's anchor line parted and they were
headed for the rocks with 15 to 20-knot winds. The watchstanders
sent a Station Galveston boat crew to assist them, but they were
up against the rocks before the station arrived. They were able
to get on the jetty.

The watchstanders launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin
helicopter crew to rescue the men, as the rescue boat was unable
to safely recover them and they were concerned about them being
able to make it back with waves crashing on the jetty. The
aircrew arrived at 10:56 a.m. and recovered the men, then
transported them to Galveston Scholes Airport. No injuries were
reported.

Tow Boat US was going to attempt to recover the sailboat, but it
has sunk and is breaking apart against the jetty. Vessel traffic
in the Houston Ship Channel is not affected. The Coast Guard
incident management division will manage any potential pollution
concerns.

Feb 26, 2017

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