Sailors in distress call for help

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Two boaters were rescued by the Coast Guard after calling for help Thursday when their sailboat was caught in rough weather south of Sabine Pass, Texas.

The boaters activated their EPIRB at 10:52 a.m., to notify watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston that their sailboat had suffered extensive damage due to a sudden storm, 16 miles south of Sabine Pass, near the Texas-Louisiana border.

“These people were definitely prepared,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jeremy Mcclure, Eighth Coast Guard District command center watchstander. “They had a device called a SPOT on board their boat that allows short messages and their GPS location to be broadcast to multiple agencies that could assist them.”

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