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8th District Public Affairs

U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

Date: Aug. 01, 2012

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi

Contact: Lt. Tyrone Conner

Office: (361) 438-0176

Coast Guard locates overdue boaters off Port Aransas coast

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Four missing men aboard a pleasure craft were located by Coast Guard rescue crews 8 miles off North Padre Island near Port Aransas, Tuesday evening.

A concerned family member contacted Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders at approximately 9:30 p.m., stating that the four men went boating in a 20-foot pleasure craft and had not returned home.

The watchstanders launched a rescue crew aboard a Station Freeport 45-foot Response Boat-Medium and diverted an Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew.

The helicopter crew located the men aboard their boat east of Mustang Island Airport at 11 p.m., and directed the boat crew to their location.

The boat crew towed the pleasure craft back to North Padre Island.

“We spotted them through our night vision goggles and it was a relief to see all four people waving their arms to signal us,” said Lt. Lane Cutler, a helicopter pilot at Air Station Corpus Christi.  “We were really happy to find them and help reunite them with their families.”

The Coast Guard would like to remind boaters that they should have an operating VHF marine-band radio, flares, and a sound signaling device as part of their vessel’s safety equipment in addition to a float plan that specifically describes the vessel, equipment, crew and itinerary of the planned voyage.

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