2 men rescued by Coast Guard near Matagorda Island

Aug. 11, 2014 at 5 p.m.
Updated Aug. 11, 2014 at 10:06 p.m.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter and boat crew rescued a father and son from their disabled sailboat on the beach near Matagorda Island late Sunday.

The distress signal came in about 11 p.m., according to a news release from the Coast Guard.

The father, a 70-year-old Portland, Ore., native, and his 48-year-old son activated the distress signal after the sailboat's rudder jammed and the boat washed up on the beach and began to break up.

The response boat and helicopter arrived on scene to find both men on the beach with road flares lit to mark their position. The rescue helicopter lowered their rescue swimmer to the beach to determine that both men were uninjured, hoisted them both into the helicopter and transported them to Corpus Christi, where they were released, according to the news release.

The Coast Guard acknowledge the men had all the necessary equipment onboard that helped save their lives.

The father and son were at the beginning of a trip from Texas to Belize.

With the summer weather and increased recreational boating, the Coast Guard emphasized safe boating practices.

Have and know how to use a personal locator beacon and a marine VHF radio, have a boating plan and communicate it with friends and family, do not boat under the influence of alcohol and always wear a life jacket, the agency said in the news release.



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