The Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued five people from an overturned boat 1 mile south of the Aransas Pass bridge in Texas on Saturday.
At approximately 6:30 p.m., the Aransas Pass Police Department notified Coast Guard watchstanders that there were people in the water in the vicinity of the Aransas Pass bridge.
A response boat arrived on scene at approximately 6:45 p.m. and recovered two people sitting atop an overturned pleasure craft. Three other people were previously picked up by good Samaritans and were later transferred to the Coast Guard response boat.
“The successful outcome of this case exemplifies how teamwork between the Coast Guard, local first responders, and other mariners can keep people safe,” said Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Allen, the search and rescue mission coordinator for this case.
“The good Samaritans that responded to the case saved the three people that could not cling to the boat. We applaud their quick response and hope their action will inspire others to do the same in the future.”