Busy weekend for Coast Guard

aabrescueThe U.S. Coast Guard had a busy weekend along the Texas coast, rescuing several boaters and anglers.

At approximately 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Coast Guard received a phone call reporting that a man had overturned in his kayak and was clinging to it.

A helicopter located the man an hour later clinging to the kayak, which was half sunk in the water approximately one mile offshore and eight miles north of the Packery Channel. The helicopter vectored in the response-boat crew and a Packery Patrol boatcrew, who recovered the man and his kayak.

“This is the type of mission we train for every day,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class John Wall, the helicopter flight mechanic. “Fortunately, the man was wearing a life jacket and the reporting source was able to give us an accurate description of his kayak and location.” 

The man was taken to Coast Guard Station Port Aransas and is in good condition.

Several others were also rescued safely after various boating accidents.