Coast Guard finds 2 missing boaters in Gulf of Mexico

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UPDATE – Coast Guard crews located and rescued two men after hours of searching about 125 miles southeast of Galveston on Saturday. Rescued are Karl Shram and Chris Bergeron of Lake Charles, Louisiana.

After hours of searching by plane and helicopter and with Coast Guard patrol boats en route, the men were able to contact family with their satellite phone and set off their Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon, a satellite based distress beacon, which directed a Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry airplane to locate them about 60 miles southeast of the Sabine Pass jetties.

The airplane crew dropped a VHF marine band radio to the men on their 42-foot boat, the Quality Time, and directed a helicopter crew to the men’s position. The helicopter arrived at 6:39 p.m. and the crew dropped off a pump and rescue swimmer to help the men help their sinking boat.

Shram was showing signs of dehydration and was medevaced by the helicopter crew to Scholes International Airport in Galveston.

The damaged boat was escorted back toward Cameron, Louisiana.

GALVESTON – The Coast Guard is in search for two missing boaters whose boat may have sunk 125 miles southeast of Galveston Saturday morning.
Karl Shram and Chris Bergeron, from Lake Charles, Louisiana were identified by officials. 
Around 10:30a.m., the men used their satellite phone when they made a distressed call to the International Emergency Response Coordination Center. The men told the center their boat was sinking fast, and were planning to swim to the nearest oil rig.
The Coast Guard has dispatched two aircraft, and a boat in search of the boaters. 
Anyone with information that can assist search crews is urged to call the Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center at 281-464-4854 or on the radio at VHF-FM channel 16.
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