Three children — a 7-year-old boy and two 13-year-old girls — and two adults were rescued Aug. 2 when their 21-foot powerboat capsized after taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico near Corpus Christi, Texas.
Corpus Christi police said the boat’s captain called about 9 a.m. to report the accident. Police relayed the call to the local Coast Guard station.
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“I was scared," the 7-year-old told Coast Guard rescuers. "I thought I was hung up on the boat [when it overturned.]"
The crew of the helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer to help the children and one of the adults into the hoist basket. The four were taken to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, where emergency medical personnel awaited them. The swimmer and the captain of the boat were brought aboard the response boat and taken to Station Port Aransas, where emergency medical personnel also were waiting.
No one was injured. Everyone aboard the boat used a life jacket, and responders said that made the rescue effort a success.
"Without [them], it would have been a different story today," said Lt. Cmdr. Robin Stotz, a pilot with Air Station Corpus Christi.