Coast Guard rescues 2 from vessel taking on water near Galveston, Texas

Published 7:26 am Friday, October 21, 2022

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two men from a vessel taking on water near Galveston, Texas, Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders received a phone call at approximately 2 p.m. from the operator of a 17-foot pleasure craft who said his boat ran aground on rocks north of the Bolivar Ferry Landing and was taking on water. 

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew.

Once on scene, the RB–S crew took aboard the two boaters and transported them to a public boat ramp on the Bolivar Peninsula. 

No injuries were reported. The vessel’s owner will arrange for salvage of the pleasure craft, which currently remains aground and anchored on the rocks. 

“It is so important for boaters to make a plan and familiarize themselves with their surroundings and potential hazards before getting underway,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Allan-Cesar Shields, operations specialist, Sector Houston-Galveston. “We recommend using electronic or paper navigational charts to map out safe routes and keeping a sharp lookout for shallow water areas and submerged objects.”

Two boaters await the Coast Guard’s assistance aboard an aground vessel north of the Bolivar Ferry Landing near Galveston, Texas, Oct. 20, 2022. A Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew safely removed the two men from the 17-foot pleasure craft, which was taking on water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris San Nicolas) A 17-foot pleasure craft rests aground on rocks north of the Bolivar Ferry Landing near Galveston, Texas, Oct. 20, 2022. A Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot Response Boat–Small crew safely removed two boaters from the vessel, which was taking on water. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Chris San Nicolas)

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