U.S. Coast Guard 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
Contact: 8th District Public Affairs Detachment Texas
Guard rescues 4 people from remote island off Guadalupe Bay, Texas
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The Coast Guard
rescued four adults from a remote island after their canoe capsized Wednesday
At 1:26 a.m., a crewmember of the tow vessel
Salvation contacted Sector Corpus Christi watchstanders
and reported seeing a red flare in the area of the Victoria Bridge Canal.
An Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin
helicopter aircrew arrived on scene at 3:19 a.m. and, after noticing a flashing
light, found the four people stranded on an island after a large wave
overturned their canoe. The helicopter crew took the adults to Calhoun County airport,
with the last member of the capsized canoe hoisted at 6:01 a.m. There were no
injuries to the four adults, who were all wearing lifejackets.
The four adults were taking part in the Texas
Water Safari canoe race, which was organized by the Texas Water Safari
Corporation. The route started in San Marcos, Texas and concluded in Seadrift.
“We commend the Texas Water Safari Corporation
for ensuring that the participants of the race were well equipped for the
hazards associated with recreational activities on the water,” said Captain
Tony Hahn, Commander of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “The participants
had Coast Guard approved life jackets and red aerial flares, a strobe-light, a
whistle, a first aid kit, food and water. This equipment was crucial in
signaling for help and allowing them to survive.”