CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard crews assisted a fishing vessel taking on water 42 miles southeast of Port Aransas, Texas, Saturday morning.
At 8:31 a.m., the Captain Rolando contacted Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders to report the vessel was taking on water and in need of assistance.
An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew were diverted while a Station Port Aransas boat crew was launched.
Once on scene, the aircrew of the HC-144 passed a dewatering pump to the vessel.
The crew of the Captain Rolando were able to keep pace with the rate of flooding with use of the dewatering pump, and the fishing vessel is under its own power and propulsion.
The HC-144 aircrew will escort the fishing vessel as it makes way to port until relieved by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sturgeon.