Coast Guard rescues father, son from Galveston Bay

An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station Houston rescued a father and son from Galveston Bay after their boat capsized, June 19, 2011. The men were rescued after spending more than two hours in the water with life jackets on. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Lt. j.g. Erin Gill.

June 20, 2011 3:15:35 AM PDT
The U.S. Coast Guard says a father and son who spent two hours in the water after their boat capsized in Galveston Bay have been rescued. On Sunday, which was Father's Day, a Coast Guard crew on routine patrol spotted an overturned 18-foot pleasure craft. As they searched the area, they saw a cooler and gas tank floating nearby and eventually spotted 34-year-old Robert Rasmussen of Houston in the water.

Rasmussen, who was hoisted into the helicopter, then said his father was still in the water.

The crew continued to search and found that someone had picked up his 59-year-old father, Richard Rasmussen, of San Leon.

Both men were wearing life jackets.