U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi Rescues Flooding Shrimping Vessel

Thanks to action taken by the U.S. Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, a commercial fishing vessel from Brownsville safely made its way back to port Tuesday after taking on water in Baffin Bay.

It was around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday when the U.S. Coast Guard's Corpus Christi Command Center received the distress call. A 68-foot shrimping vessel named the Huachinango was taking on water about 37 miles offshore of Baffin Bay. Crews on the vessel were able to activate de-watering pumps to keep up with the flooding, but eventually the flooding covered the lower half of the engine room, making it difficult to maintain power for the pumps.

The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Brant, an 87-foot patrol boat on offshore patrol, along with an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter crew from Sector Corpus Christi, were dispatched to assist the sinking vessel.

The helicopter crew was the first to arrive on the scene. They lowered a rescue swimmer and a de-watering pump to assist the flooded vessel. Soon after, the patrol boat arrived and transferred an additional de-watering pump, along with a Rescue and Assist Team.

With the help of the additional pumps, crews were able to get the flooding under control and return to port.


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