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CORPUS CHRISTI - The Coast Guard assisted three boaters after their vessel capsized Saturday near Port O'Connor, officials said Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report at 12:09 p.m. that a 20-foot vessel capsized with four people onboard about 17 miles south of Pass Cavello on Matagorda Island.

All four were able to safely swim to shore.

Individuals were rescued at 1:45 p.m., when a Coast Guard Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew arrived on-scene. They recovered three of the boaters and transferred them to emergency medical services personnel at Victoria Regional Airport.

The fourth boater was picked up by a family member by boat and taken to Port O'Connor. The four boaters were examined and reported in good condition.

The boat capsized because of weather conditions, said U.S. Coast Guard Lt. Jennae Steinmiller with the Corpus Christi sector.

"All persons onboard were equipped with and properly wearing life jackets prior to the vessel capsizing," said Cmdr. Keith Pierre, Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi chief of response in a news release. "Having their life jackets on and ready for an emergency played a vital role in the boaters getting to shore safely."

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