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Heartland Media Contact: (504) 671-2020

8th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: July 24, 2012

Coast Guard Public Affairs Detachment Houston

Contact: Petty Officer 3rd Class Richard Brahm

Office: (713) 578-3080

Mobile: (832) 293-1293

Coast Guard recovers body of woman who fell from Galveston Ferry

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard helicopter crew located the body of a woman who fell from a Galveston Ferry between Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston Island Monday evening.

The Galveston Ferry Dispatch contacted watchstanders at Sector Houston Galveston at 9:07 p.m. reporting a 42-year-old female had fallen off the ferry.

Coast Guard watchstanders launched crews aboard a 25-foot Response Boat - Small from Station Galveston and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Houston to search for the woman.

The helicopter crew located the woman floating in the water, 1,500 feet west of were she fell off the ferry, and directed the boat crew to her location.

The boat crew recovered the woman and performed CPR en route to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston were she was pronounced deceased by local emergency medical personnel.

"On behalf of everyone involved our heartfelt condolences go out to the lady's family and friends," said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Schroeder, a duty watchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston.

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