Storm overturns boat in Matagorda Bay
July 16, 2017 at 7:51 p.m.
Updated July 17, 2017 at 6 a.m.
The strong Crossroads thunderstorms Saturday night caused a boat to capsize, leaving three passengers clinging onto a beacon in Matagorda Bay near Port O'Connor.
Operators of a passing tugboat saw the three individuals hanging onto beacon No. 30.
The operators lowered a small boat to retrieve them and called the U.S. Coast Guard about 12:15 a.m. Sunday, Coast Guard Lt. Karl Alejandre said.
Authorities launched a boat to retrieve them from the tugboat.
"All of the three people were transported by the Coast Guard on our small boat back to the Port O'Connor station. There were no medical concerns," Alejandre said.
The three rescued were the only people on board, he said. The boat is still in Matagorda Bay but probably drifted from beacon No. 30, where it overturned.
Coat Guard officials issued a podcast on the marine band frequency notifying boaters there is a vacant vessel in the bay.
Information on the type of boat and the identities of the of the boaters was unavailable Sunday.