Corpus Christi, Texas (KETK) — A good samaritan helped the Coast Guard in the saving of two men near Redfish Bay in Port Aransas Tuesday.
It happened at 1:55 a.m. when one of the men's wife called Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi reporting that her husband had left on a fishing trip from Port Aransas and had not retured that evening as expected.
Air Station Corpus Christi launched an aircrew to search for the missing men.
A good samaritan, who was duck hunting in his boat foud the 45-year-old man walking down the beach looking for help and suffering from the cold.
The man and rescuer then vectored in the Coast Guard helicopter to the location of the 24-year-old man who was suffering from hypothermia.
The man was taken to a local hospital and is listed in stable condition.
The older man said they were fishing when their boat capsized.
The Coast Guard would like to remind all boaters to remain vigilant and maintain situational awareness while on or around the water, especially during the colder months when the body is more susceptible to hypothermia.
Following these steps could save your life:
- Use the buddy system. Never go out alone, an accident can happen at any time.
- Have a marine band radio on board. Mariners are encouraged to invest in VHF-FM radios because they provide superior alerting capabilities over cell phones.
- File a float plan. Information on a float plan and how to obtain a blank float plan can be found at FloatPlanCentral.org.
- Have an Emergency Position Indicated Radio Beacon on your person or attached to your life jacket. Boaters must have a digital 406 MHz EPIRB. More information can be found at 406registration.com.
- Check the weather and tides before going out.
- Additional boating information can be found at USCGboating.org.