Coast Guard rescues father, son

March 5, 2011 at 10:03 p.m.
Updated March 4, 2011 at 9:05 p.m.

The Coast Guard rescued two people after their canoe began taking on water in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel on Saturday.

A father and son who were stranded on an island in Red Fish Bay called the Coast Guard about 9 a.m.

The pair became stranded when they encountered inclement weather just south of Aransas Pass, and their canoe began taking on water.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small and crew from Coast Guard Station Port Aransas and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi were dispatched to the scene. Although the Dolphin crew encountered high winds of more than 40 knots, they were able to locate the father and son and hoisted them to safety.

Both were taken to Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, where they were treated for minor injuries and cold weather exposure.

"We are so glad we were able to locate and rescue this family. It is also a good reminder to mariners that bad weather can come quickly," said Lt. Brian Schmidt, a Coast Guard pilot. "It is important to not only check current weather, but the forecasts. Filing a float plan is also a great tool for the safety of mariners."



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