Coast Guard rescues man from sinking sailboat

MGN Online
Saturday, January 25, 2014 - 12:43pm

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued a 50-year-old man from a sinking sailboat just 20 miles offshore of Baffin Bay on Friday.

The man in distress called the Coast Guard watchstanders at Station Port Aransas through a presonal satellite messaging service.

The Coast Guard confirmed with family members that their father was sailing in this area and was requesting assistance.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi launched an aircrew aboard a rescue helicopter to provide assistance.

The aircrew arrived on scene and found the vessel close to capsizing in 11 foot waves. A rescue swimmer was lowered to prepare the man for rescue. The helicopter crew then hoisted both men and left the scene.

"We are extremely please with the preparation that the survivor took in having survival equipment onboard the vessel," said Lt. Cmdr. Robin Stotz, helicopter pilot.

"Not only was he able to notify the Coast Guard of a life threatening situation through the use of a personal distress notification system, he wore the proper survival suit for these types of unplanned emergency events. Without these preparations the outcome could have been completely different."

The survivor was flow to Sector Corpus Christi where his son was waiting.

Thankfully there were no injuries reported in this incident. 

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