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1 dead, 2 rescued after boat sinks in Copano Bay

July 27, 2014 at 2:27 a.m.
Updated July 28, 2014 at 2:28 a.m.


A 51-year-old man died Sunday morning after his boat sunk in Copano Bay, just north of Rockport.

The man, whose name and residence haven't been released, was flown by helicopter to Christus Spohn Memorial Hospital in Corpus Christi, where he was pronounced dead, according to a news release.

The Coast Guard Corpus Christi Command Center received a distress call from a 24-foot center console boat at 9:30 a.m. notifying them that three people wearing life vests were in the water, according to the news release.

A 14-year-old girl and a 52-year-old man were uninjured.

According to the news release, the rescue helicopter crew out of Corpus Christi arrived shortly after the boat sank and found two people clinging to a platform in the bay and another floating and unresponsive in the water.

They hoisted the unresponsive man and the 14-year-old girl aboard the helicopter and began CPR on the man, the news release stated. A rescue boat crew from Station Aransas Pass picked up the other survivor.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is conducting the investigation into the cause of the accident.

"We launched our rescue helicopter and boat crews immediately after receiving the distress call," said Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Allen, the search and rescue mission coordinator for the case. "We are fortunate to have recovered two of the victims without injury but are sad that the one man was unresponsive upon arrival. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the deceased man."

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