Busy weekend for Coast Guard

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The boating season might be all but over in the northern climes of the U.S., but down south its business as usual — for both boaters and those who respond to distress calls.

The Coast Guard rescued four people from a sailboat caught in high seas and winds, due to severe weather in the area, approximately 24 miles offshore of Texas’ Matagorda Bay last Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders received a distress signal from a SPOT device on the 18-foot sailboat. Watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HU-25 Falcon jet as well as a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium.

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The Coast Guard rescued three people and one dog from a vessel taking on water 50 miles offshore Dauphin Island, Alabama, in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday.
Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a radio call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the sailing vessel Second Chance, reporting that they were taking on water.

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Search-and-rescue coordinators were working Monday to medically evacuate a 61-year-old man suffering from severe dehydration 406 nautical miles northeast of Puerto Rico.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector San Juan, Puerto Rico, received the initial request to provide medical assistance from the sailing vessel Scat early Sunday morning.

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