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Coast Guard Responds To Distress Call

Coast Guard responds to assist crew members aboard vessels in Lydia Ann Channel

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a boat in distress near the Lydia Ann Channel near Port Aransas, Texas, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a mayday notifications from crew members aboard the tugboats Belle Chase, Sandy Point, and Sabine Pass.

Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi directed the launch of two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrews that are en route for rescue.

“As information continues to come into the Coast Guard, we continue to monitor and respond to any situations for the safety of life at sea,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, commander, Sector Corpus Christi.


HOUSTON — The Coast Guard is urging Texas residents to stay safe and not to venture out while officials assess storm damage Saturday morning.

Coast Guard members are in the process of coordinating resources to respond appropriately.

“Although the storm has passed and people may think the worst is over there are still concerns of rain and flooding,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, commander, Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “We want everyone to stay safe and remain where they are while the Coast Guard begins to assess damage and disperse resources.”

A Sector Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and HC-144 Ocean Sentry were deployed Saturday morning to conduct patrols and assess the damage with an intent of opening port of Brownsville, Texas.

Coast Guard Western River Flood Punt teams, who use shallow-draft vessels that are capable of responding in flooded urban areas, are en route to three staging areas in Texas and Louisiana.

The Coast Guard reminds the public of these important safety messages:

– Stay off the water. The Coast Guard search and rescue capabilities degrade as storm condition strengthen. This storm means delayed help by the Coast Guard.

– Secure belongings. Owners of large boats are urged to move their vessels to inland marinas. You should pull trailer-able boats from the water. Be sure to secure loose items.

– Stay clear of beaches.

– Stay informed. You may obtain information through local television, radio, the Internet, and VHF radio channel 16.

For the most up-to-date weather information, visit www.weather.gov.


HOUSTON – The Coast Guard is responding to a report of seven people in distress at their residence near Aransas Pass, Texas, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi received a report at 7 p.m. of seven people, one of which is reportedly on oxygen and had run out, in need of assistance.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew to assist the individuals.

“In situations like this, the Coast Guard remains flexible in these dynamic environments and can rescue people on sea and land if the need arises,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, commander, Sector Corpus Christi.