Man rescued from sinking boat

The Coast Guard rescued an 18-year-old boater from a flooded vessel near the jetties on Saturday, May 14.

No injuries were reported. A Coast Guard news release didn’t include the boater’s name or city of residence.

The Coast Guard got a report at 5 p.m. from Port Aransas police that an 18-foot pleasure craft with one person on board was taking on water near the jetties.

A Coast Guard boat tried to tow the flooded vessel, but the craft started to tip over, the release said.

“The crew took aboard the man just before the pleasure craft capsized,” the release said. The Coast Guard then took the boater back to shore.

The boat’s owner reportedly was arranging for salvage of the vessel.

The release quoted Scott Ferguson, command duty officer with Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi.

“ This individual’s preparedness was vital to the positive outcome of this case,” Ferguson said. “His decision to wear a life jacket is one we hope will inspire and motivate other boaters. Drowning poses a risk to everyone on the water, and a life jacket can mean the difference between life and death.”

The Port Aransas Police Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department assisted in the incident.

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