VIDEO: Aid from above

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A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter crew rescued a 60-year-old man after he fell overboard from a sailboat about 5 miles east of Kemah, Texas, on the afternoon of Sept. 24.

Luckily, the sailor was not solo and his crewmate called Sector Houston-Galveston about 2:15 p.m. to report that his friend fell overboard and that he was unable to recover the man after two attempts.

Watch the efficiency of a hoist water rescue executed to perfection.

“This is a perfect example of prudent seamanship because he was wearing his life jacket,” said Lt. Melissa McCafferty, the lead search-and-rescue controller at Sector Houston-Galveston.