There were no reported injuries after the Coast Guard responded to two separate distress calls from disabled vessels near Freeport on Saturday.
In one incident, the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a report of a disabled pleasure craft with five adults aboard. All five individuals were transported to the Freeport Marina.
In a separate case, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a mayday distress call from another disabled pleasure craft with three adults and one child aboard. The individuals were concerned about their safety because of sea conditions. Saturday, weather in the area was reported as 6-foot seas with 40 mph wind gusts.
A good Samaritan vessel was first on scene and transferred all four mariners to their vessel before placing the disabled vessel in tow. After arriving on scene, the Coast Guard transferred the three adults and child from the good Samaritan vessel and relieved the tow. A Station Port O’Connor boat crew then relieved the tow and transported the mariners to Station Port O’Connor.
“We remind all mariners that proper planning and weather monitoring are vital to safe voyages on the water,” said Zack Edwards, Sector Houston-Galveston command duty officer. “Seas can build rapidly during a storm, and careful attention to marine weather forecasts, staying alert to sudden changes and proper planning can make the difference between an enjoyable day on the water and a life-threatening search-and-rescue event.”