CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (Coast Guard) — Four people were rescued by a Coast Guard boat crew Thursday approximately one and half miles outside the Matagorda Jetties.
The Coast Guard reports, at approximately 9:30 p.m., a 911 dispatcher called the Coast Guard to report four people had been capsized in their 17-foot pleasure craft after it was hit by a 6-foot wave.
The four people were able to cling to the hull of the boat and one of the survivors had a waterproof case on his phone, which allowed him to call 911.
Coast Guard officials immediately launched a 24-foot small boat and crew, which located and rescued the four people clinging to the hull and brought them back to the station.
Senior Chief Jamie DeSanno stated, while they had lifejackets onboard, they were all trapped under the hull of the boat and were inaccessible. The outcome of this case may have gone differently if they had not had the means to make that call.
Just having a lifejacket onboard your vessel doesn’t mean it will keep you safe. It’s always a good idea to wear your lifejacket while you’re in your boat, especially in rough seas.
More information can be found at the Coast Guard Boater Safety website. http://www.uscgboating.org/safety/default.aspx