8th District Heartland Public Affairs
May 22, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District External Affairs
Contact: U.S. Coast Guard Heartland
Office: (618) 225-9008
Coast Guard searches for 6 people after fishing vessel sinks near Galveston
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is searching for six people who reportedly abandoned a sinking vessel near Galveston, Sunday.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a mayday call from the captain of a fishing vessel at approximately 1:15 p.m. reporting that the vessel was taking on water, and the six people aboard were abandoning ship and getting into an orange life raft. Because of the poor quality of the radio transmission, the name of the vessel was difficult for watchstanders to interpret, and is either Scallywag or Skylark.
Multiple Coast Guard units have responded, and are currently searching an area roughly the size of Delaware. Assets involved in the search include:
- Two 25-foot Response Boat - Small's
- One 45-foot Response Boat - Medium
- One MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
- One HU-25 Guardian aircraft
- Coast Guard Cutter Heron
- Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack
The Coast Guard is requesting any additional information from the public about the Scallywag or Skylark. The public is encouraged to contact the Sector Houston-Galveston command center at 713-678-9011 with details about the vessel or crew.
The Scallywag or Skylark was described during the distress call as a purple and blue colored fishing vessel with a white stripe.
“The Coast Guard is expending all available resources to try and locate the six missing people,” stated Elvie Damaso, a command center controller for Sector Houston-Galveston. “We are currently requesting assistance from the public. We are looking for any additional information about the missing people or the fishing vessel.”
The incident is under investigation.
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