Coast Guard rescues two kayakers off Galveston

aakayakA Coast Guard rescue boatcrew saved two kayakers that were stranded south of Galveston, Tuesday.

The kayakers contacted watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston with their cell phone after tying their kayaks to an oil rig seven miles south of Galveston at 11:20 a.m., Tuesday. 

Watchstanders diverted a Station Galveston 45-foot response boat and rescue crew at 11:45 a.m. 

The rescue crew arrived on scene at 12:05 p.m. and transferred both kayakers aboard the rescue boat. They were taken to Station Galveston and were released to their awaiting mother.

“These young men were lucky enough to have a cell phone with them and after they contacted us, we were able to get their GPS location and send our boatcrew out to rescue them,” said Elvie Damaso, a watchstander at Sector Houston-Galveston. “The Coast Guard would like remind mariners to always have the proper equipment with them before going out in open water. That gear could help save your life.”