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Coast Guard searching for 6 people who abandoned fishing boat
HOUSTON — From U.S. Coast Guard - The Coast Guard is searching for six people who reportedly abandoned a sinking vessel near Galveston, Sunday.
Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a mayday call from the captain of a fishing vessel at approximately 1:15 p.m. reporting that the vessel was taking on water, and the six people aboard were abadoning ship and getting into an orange life raft. Because of the poor quality of the radio transmission, the name of the vessel was difficult for watchstanders to interperet, and is either Scallywag or Skylark.
Multiple Coast Guard units have responded, and are currently searching an area roughly the size of Delaware. Assets involved in the search include:
- Two 25-foot Response Boat - Small's
- One 45-foot Response Boat - Medium
- One MH-65 Dolphin helicopter
- One HU-25 Guardian aircraft
- Coast Guard Cutter Heron
- Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack
The Coast Guard is requesting any additional information from the public about the Scallywag or Skylark. The public is encouraged to contact the Sector Houston-Galveston command center at 713-678-9011 with details about the vessel or crew.
The Scallywag or Skylark was described during the distress call as a purple and blue colored fishing vessel with a white stripe.
“The Coast Guard is expending all available resources to try and locate the six missing people,” stated Elvie Damaso, a command center controller for Sector Houston-Galveston. “We are currently requesting assistance from the public. We are looking for any additional information about the missing people or the fishing vessel.”
The incident is under investigation.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Six people are missing in the Gulf of Mexico after they abandoned their sinking fishing boat in the waters off Galveston, Texas, the Coast Guard said Monday.
The boat's captain sent a mayday call Sunday afternoon saying the vessel was sinking and that the six people onboard were planning to escape in an orange life raft, said Coast Guard command center controller Elvie Damaso.
"We have an onboard emergency. We are taking on water sir," the unidentified boat captain said in a distress call to the Coast Guard.
Damaso says authorities are not sure if the boat is called Scallywag or Skylark because the quality of the line was poor.
Coast Guard officials need the public's help in trying to work out who was on the boat and where it came from, Petty officer Richard Brahm said.
"We weren't able to get it from the captain before the boat went down," Brahm said.
Damaso said at least three boats, a helicopter, a plane and two cutters are involved in the search for the missing fishermen in a stretch of water roughly the size of Delaware. The boat went down somewhere off the coast of Galveston, about 50 miles southeast of Houston.
"All my electronics are down and I couldn't give you an exact location," the boat's captain said in the distress call. Brahm said authorities couldn't be more specific about where to search for the boat because the distress call was received by several communication towers.
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