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Press Release | Feb. 22, 2024

Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking boat offshore Sabine, Texas

Coast Guard PADET Texas - Office: (281) 464-4810 / After Hours: (832) 293-1293

A 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sabine assists a man and woman aboard a 31-foot sailing vessel taking on water 35 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas, Feb. 21, 2024. The Coast Guard boat crew partially dewatered the vessel and then transported the two boaters safely ashore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Byron Creech) A 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sabine approaches a 31-foot sailing vessel taking on water 35 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas, Feb. 21, 2024. The Coast Guard boat crew partially dewatered the vessel and then transported the two boaters safely ashore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Station Sabine) Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class John Ward, a boatswain’s mate assigned to Coast Guard Station Sabine, uses oakum and a rubber gasket to slow the flooding aboard a 31-foot sailing vessel 35 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas, Feb. 21, 2024. A Coast Guard boat crew partially dewatered the vessel and then transported the two boaters safely ashore. (U.S. Coast Guard photo, courtesy Station Sabine)

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HOUSTON — The Coast Guard assisted two boaters whose vessel began taking on water 35 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watchstanders simultaneously received a DSC distress alert and mayday call on VHF-FM channel 16 at 12:40 p.m. from the operators of the 31-foot sailing vessel Niamh stating the boat was rapidly taking on water. The boaters reported the vessel had suffered severe mechanical issues and was taking on water at a rate well beyond the bilge pumps’ capacity.  

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sabine and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston.

Once on scene, the RB–M crew took aboard the boaters and used a pump to partially dewater the sailboat. The Coast Guard crew then transported the man and woman safely to Station Sabine. 

No injuries were reported.

“For those venturing offshore, we recommend you equip your vessel with a VHF-FM marine radio so you can call for help beyond cell phone range,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Tahiem Roach, operations unit controller, Sector Houston-Galveston. “Additionally, you should perform a thorough safety check on your vessel to ensure your boat is seaworthy before heading offshore.”

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An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston circles overhead as a 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sabine dewaters a 31-foot sailboat 35 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas, Feb. 21, 2024. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a mayday call from a man and woman aboard the sailboat who stated their vessel had suffered severe mechanical issues and was taking on water at a rate well beyond the bilge pumps’ capacity. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Arocho) An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston circles overhead as a 45-foot Response Boat–Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Sabine dewaters a 31-foot sailboat 35 miles southeast of Sabine, Texas, Feb. 21, 2024. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a mayday call from a man and woman aboard the sailboat who stated their vessel had suffered severe mechanical issues and was taking on water at a rate well beyond the bilge pumps’ capacity. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Arocho)