(HOUSTON) — The U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued three boaters Sunday after a vessel fire near Galveston, Texas.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center watch standers received a report at 9:25 a.m. from the crew of Master Dylan, a dredge barge, of three people in the water near a 25-foot oyster boat that had caught fire in Galveston Bay. The dredge barge crew safely removed all three people from the water. The boaters’ injuries reportedly included a broken leg, severe burns and smoke inhalation.
Watch standers issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Galveston 29-foot response boat-small and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter.
Once on scene, the RB-S crew took aboard the three boaters and transported them to Station Galveston, where emergency medical services personnel were waiting to transport them to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.
The oyster boat sank outside the ship channel and the crew of Master Dylan marked the location with a red buoy. The oyster boat’s owner will arrange for its salvage.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
“We applaud the crew of the Master Dylan for quickly rendering assistance and alerting us to the emergency,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandon Smith, Sector Houston-Galveston. “We remind all mariners to stay vigilant while out on the water because you never know when someone may be in need of assistance.”
– U.S. Coast Guard