7 rescued by Coast Guard on Saturday

This helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at sea about 10 miles from Sabine Pass on Saturday (U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston)

August 26, 2011 10:00:00 PM PDT
Seven people were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday in two separate incidents.

A helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing at sea about 10 miles from Sabine Pass.

Watchstanders at Sector Houston-Galveston got a call Saturday from the owners of the helicopter and learned that the pilot hand to land the chopper on the water, and the crew of three were entering a life raft.

The company also gave watchstanders the position of the downed helicopter.

The Coast Guard launched a 45-foot response boat and crew from Station Sabine, and an MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Houston to assist.

The three crewmembers of the downed helicopter were brought to safety.

"Thankfully the pilot was able to make his emergency landing safely so that our crews could pick them up," Petty Officer 1st Class Joe Medina, search and rescue controller at Sector Houston-Galveston, said in a release Saturday. "Having good working safety equipment also helped in this successful rescue."

The other rescue happened around 4pm in Galveston.

According to officials, a woman called watchstanders and reported that her family's 20-foot pleasure craft was being washed into the rocks on the north jetty.

The Coast Guard launched a MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station Houston and a 25-foot Response Boat from Station Galveston to assist.

A Good Samaritan answered the distress call. By the time the Coast Guard arrived, that person had taken the distressed boaters' vessel in tow.

The Good Samaritan's tow line snapped, but the Coast Guard was there to take over the rescue.

No injuries were reported in either incident.