At the right place at the right time

After an engine fire suddenly broke out on a 32-foot boat last Saturday shooting flames in the air and severely burning the boat’s skipper, the two men onboard managed to get into a life raft and row away from the boat. Luckily, a Coast Guard helicopter just happened to be at the right place at the right time and saw the smoke coming from the boat. The routine training mission turned into a dramatic rescue as the rescue swimmer quickly deployed and hoisted the badly burned skipper. As the helicopter took the man to the hospital, a Coast Guard small boat launched and retrieved the rescue swimmer and the second passenger. Amazing.

Yesterday, one of the two men that was rescued visited Air Station Corpus Christi. Read the story and watch the video here.

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