Good Samaritan vessel capsizes during aid response; 21 rescued

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Coast Guard:
(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The Coast Guard and a couple Good Samaritans rescued 21 people 100-yards south of the jetties in Port Aransas, Texas late this morning.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Port Aransas received a call at approximately 11:10 a.m. from a Good Samaritan reporting a capsized boat with three people in the water. The same Good Samaritan was able to pick up and bring all three people in his boat. In the process, a dolphin sight-seeing boat trying to assist, motor vessel Flipper, capsized and put all 18 people onboard in the water.

The Coast Guard launched a rescue boat crew from Station Port Aransas.

The Coast Guard boat located the overturned vessel. Station Port Aransas’ boat crew arrived and rescued all 18 people with the assistance of a Good Samaritan that was in the area. All survivors were wearing life jackets and no injuries were reported.

By Professional Mariner Staff