Six Rescued After Barge Strikes Two Powerboats Near Galveston

Six Rescued After Barge Strikes Two Powerboats Near Galveston

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Jul 31, 2022 7:13 PM by

The Maritime Government

On Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard and an area fireplace and rescue company rescued six folks after a barge collided with two powerboats close to Goat Island, Texas.


Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders obtained a VHF misery name from the grasp of a tugboat at 2126 hours on Saturday night. His barge tow had collided with two leisure boats, one with two folks aboard and the opposite with 4 folks aboard. The captain reported that the boaters had fallen into the water, and so they had both placed on or have been holding on to life jackets.


Watchstanders issued an pressing request for help from close by delivery and dispatched a helicopter crew, together with a Coast Guard Station Galveston response boat crew.


As soon as on scene, the boat crew pulled two folks from the water and took on one boater from the tugboat. A Port Bolivar fireboat crew pulled the opposite three survivors from the water. After accounting for all six boaters, the rescue crews transferred them to shore for medical analysis. Regardless of the potential severity of the accident, no accidents have been reported.


The 2 leisure boats have been salvaged, and a video from the scene exhibits them to be afloat and in good situation. 


“This rescue is an efficient reminder that emergencies on the water can happen with out warning,” stated Petty Officer 2nd Class Chantz Roche, coxswain for the response. “The Coast Guard urges the boating public to follow secure boating by sporting life jackets, utilizing kill switches and having the right communication tools corresponding to a VHF-FM radio on board.”

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