Coast Guard rescues 15 aboard vessels in distress

PORT ARANSAS, TEXAS - Fifteen people were rescued after their vessels became distressed near Port Aransas, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Saturday.

After receiving notifications of people in distress aboard the vessels, watchstanders directed a launch of two Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews to make the rescues. The Coast Guard said seven people were rescued aboard the tugboat Sabine and airlifted to a rig near Aransas Pass, four people were rescued aboard Signet Enterprise that was taking on water and airlifted to safety, and four people were rescued aboard the vessel Sandy Point.

“This case included 2 Coast Guard MH-65 helicopters collaborating in a great effort to save multiple lives. To complete the evolution quickly and take these mariners out of harm's way, the aircrews delivered the survivors to a dropoff point and the Signet Constellation transported the survivors to a safer location,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, commander, Sector Corpus Christi, in a press release. “This was a great effort between our Coast Guard aircrews and Signet Constellation’s crew in very dangerous conditions.”

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