HOUSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Wednesday morning after their boat flipped over near an island in Galveston Bay, about 5 miles off the coast of Kemah.
Investigators said crews rescued David Fuhrman and Nick Hunter. Officials said Hunter is reported to be shipping off to Coast Guard boot camp later in September.
Officials said Fuhrman and Hunter sent out a mayday call around 9:45 a.m. alerting rescue crews.
Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers were unable to communicate with the men on the radio. From information they gleaned from his mayday call and based on the direction of his transmissions, they launched an Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew, a Station Galveston 45-foot response boat crew, and a Station Houston 29-foot response boat crew to search the most probably areas.
An aids-to-navigation construction tender, the Coast Guard Cutter Clamp, happened to be nearby and spotted the men’s capsized boat on an island at about 11:40 a.m. They reported it to the watch standers, who sent the 29-foot boat crew and helicopter aircrew to the location.
Investigators said the boat crew rescued one of the men and the helicopter crew airlifted the captain, who had a potentially broken leg, to Ellington Field where EMS was standing by.
Listen to the mayday call the boaters made on VHF-FM channel 16. (Note: Audio comes in at 5 seconds.)