HOUSTON - Five people, including a two-year-old boy, are safe and back on land after the U.S. Coast Guard had to rescue them off the Bolivar Peninsula coast.
Authorities received a call around 8:00 p.m. Sunday about five boat passengers who drifted away from their boat while they were swimming. Officials say their boat ran out of gas less than a mile from the entrance to the Intracoastal Waterway near Bolivar Peninsula and were waiting for a tow boat.
Sector Houston-Galveston Watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew and a response boat crew to the scene and issued an urgent marine information broadcast. The Coast Guard boat crew rescued three people within 20 minutes.
Around 9:00 p.m., the aircrew vectored in the boat crew to a man and the child. All five people were taken to Station Galveston where EMS was standing by to assist.
No injuries were reported.
“Life jackets absolutely made all the difference in this case. Survivability would have been difficult without the members having life jackets,” said Zach Edwards, command duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. “This is yet another example, that life jackets save lives.”