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Coast Guard rescues 3 from sunken shrimp boat near Sabine Pass, Texas

Debris field from sunken shrimp boat
Debris field from the sinking of the shrimp boat Captain Kevin, July 11, 2016


A Coast Guard boatcrew rescued three men after their 28-foot shrimp boat took on water and sank in the mouth of the Sabine River, Monday morning.

At approximately 4 a.m., 911 dispatch notified Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders that the shrimp boat Captain Kevin was taking on water. Moments later Eighth Coast Guard District New Orleans watchstanders called with a report of an electronic position indicating radio beacon going off in the same area.

Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders launched a Station Sabine 45-foot response boatcrew to assist with dewatering the boat.

Rescued men receive care at Station Sabine
Survivors from the sinking of the shrimp boat Captain Kevin, July 11, 2016

The boat crew arrived on scene at about 4:30 a.m. and encountered a debris field. They discovered the Captain Kevin had sank. After a short search, two men were recovered on the jetties and a third was found hanging onto a life ring. None of them were wearing life jackets. All three were taken aboard the 45-foot boat and transported to Station Sabine.

One man was taken by ambulance to Southeast Texas Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. 

The Vessel Traffic Service has restricted in and outbound traffic on the waterway while the debris field is investigated. 



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