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Coast Guard saves 3 boaters clinging to hull off Galveston

Posted: 10:09 AM, Aug 14, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-14 11:09:26-04

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) – The Coast Guard has rescued three boaters found clinging to the hull of their capsized 24-foot vessel off Texas.

A Coast Guard statement says all three men were unharmed in Monday afternoon’s incident shortly after leaving Galveston.

A Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium boat crew rescues three men from a sinking vessel near near Galveston, Texas Aug. 13, 2018. All three men were provided lifejackets by the Coast Guard boat crew before their rescue. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Officials received a mayday call from a man saying his recreational boat was taking on water near the Galveston jetties.

Petty Officer Edward Wargo (WAR’-goh) in Houston says Coast Guard personnel arrived and provided life jackets to the boaters, plus a line to the capsized vessel. All three men were transferred to the Coast Guard vessel and transported to shore.

Three men stand with their rescuers after being transferred from their sinking vessel onto a Station Galveston 45-foot Response Boat–Medium boat crew near Galveston, Texas Aug.13, 2018. All three men were provided life jackets by the Coast Guard before their rescue. U.S. Coast Guard photo

Officials aren’t sure why the boat began sinking. Wargo says the partly submerged boat was anchored Tuesday and a salvage company was expected to remove the vessel.

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