SOUTH PADRE ISLAND–The Coast Guard rescued some fishermen from a fishing vessel Friday that was disabled and taking on water near South Padre Island.
Coast Guard watchstanders were notified at about 1 p.m. that the 80-foot shrimp boat Martin Tower was taking on water.
Within 10 minutes, Station South Padre Island diverted a 33-Foot Special Purpose Craft and crew from their patrol, and launched a 41-foot utility boat and crew. Air Station Corpus Christi launched an HU-25 Guardian jet and crew.
The Coast Guard crew arrived on scene before and embarked a three-person assist team to check out the damage. The vessel’s dewatering pump was submerged in water, and the Coast Guard recommended shutting down their generator, which was partially submerged.
The Guardian crew arrived on scene and used the Aerial Delivery System to conduct two separate drops and provide two dewatering pumps to the disabled vessel.
The boat crew from South Padre Island was able to reduce the water level with the pumps delivered by the Guardian. The fishing vessel’s crew was then able to control the water level, and the vessel was towed to port.
“We were close by and able to quickly respond,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Joachim Boyles, member of the assist team said in a Coast Guard press release. “It is important that all required safety gear on a vessel is functional, and crewmembers understand how to use it.”
The boat was towed back to the port of Brownsville by its sister ship FP Tower.