Two rescued after tug, recreational boat collide

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — A good Samaritan rescued two people after a collision between a recreational boat and a tug Sunday in the Intracoastal Waterway about 3 miles southwest of Port O'Connor.

They reported seeing two people go into the water after the boat capsized 2 miles from Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor and they acted quickly to retrieve them.

The Coast Guard received the report at 5:50 p.m. and Station Port O’Connor launched a boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat — Small to render assistance. The good Samaritan had the two people safely aboard when the Coast Guard crew arrived.

No injuries were reported.

“Boating situations can change rapidly,” said Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, the response officer of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “It is imperative to be mindful of your environment at all times and to give respect to other vessels on the water. We are thankful for the quick response of the good Samaritan to pull the individuals from the water and saving two lives.”

The collision was between an 18-foot recreation boat and the tugboat Jude Thaddeus. The cause of the collision is currently under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff