Freeport Rescue: US Coast Guard rescues 4 boaters near Freeport

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued four people from an overturned vessell near Freeport on Monday. 

According to officials, Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a Mayday call just after 4:45 p.m. from a crew member stating their tug and barge was rolling over on its side with four people aboard. 

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An urgent marine information broadcast was issued by watchstanders and a Coast Guard Station Freeport 45-foot response boat-Medium crew, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane crew from Coast Guard Air Station Corpus Christi, and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Houston responded. 

The helicopter crew located the life raft and directed the boat crew to its position. 

The boat crew arrived on scene, and brought three people aboard and transferred them to Station Freeport. 

The helicopter crew hoisted one person, who sustained a back injury, aboard the helicopter and was transferred to the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston.