A tug pushing barges hits pleasure boats in Texas

Six people have been rescued from the water after a barge-pushing tug struck two pleasure boats near Goat Island, Texas on Saturday.

U.S. Coast Guard sector Houston-Galveston watchmen were notified at 9:26 p.m. via VHF-FM channel 16 that the tug and barge collided with two pleasure craft, one with two people on board, the another with four people on board. in Galveston Bay. The master of the tug reported that the people had fallen into the water and had put on or held on life jackets.

Watchstanders aired an urgent maritime news broadcast and led the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston and a 29-foot response boat from the station. of Coast Guard Galveston – Small crew to help.

Once there, the boat crew pulled two people out of the water and boarded a boater from the tug. A Port Bolivar fire crew pulled the other three people out of the water. After identifying the six boaters, rescue teams transferred them safely ashore to standby emergency medical services personnel.

No injuries were reported.

Both pleasure boats were recovered.

“This rescue is a good reminder that on-water emergencies can happen without warning,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Chantz Roche, coxswain for the case. “The Coast Guard urges boaters to practice boating safely by wearing life jackets, using kill switches and having the proper communications equipment on board, such as a VHF-FM radio. Additionally, sailors can download the US Coast Guard app, which serves as a one-stop source for boating safety information.

Earnest A. Martinez