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Boat crashes into gas platform, sinks

Posted at 7:16 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 23:48:03-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS — Two fishermen were rescued from the waters after their boat crashed into a gas platform.

The crash happened in the waters close to the Cos Way Bait & Tackle around 2:55 am Friday.

Chief Dale Scott, with the Nueces County Emergency Service District #2, said a fisherman fishing from a pier heard a 24-ft. boat pass by and then heard a loud crash. It took search crews 15 minutes to discover two men who were holding on to a gas platform.

One person had an injury to his leg and another man had a laceration to his forehead. Medics say hypothermia had already started to set in when both men were pulled out of the waters.

"They got very lucky. If the people on the pier didn't hear the crash, they would still be in the waters, " said Chief Scott.

The two men were treated at the Cos Way Fishing Pier Bait & Tackle. Both suffered non-life threatening injuries. The men on the boat told first-responders their steering wheel malfunctioned.

Game Wardens with Texas Parks and Wildlife will investigate the boat crash. The US Coast Guard will remove that boat.