GALVESTON, Texas – Four adults and a child who had drifted away while swimming near Bolivar Peninsula on Sunday night were rescued by the Coast Guard.
According to the agency, a woman called for help at 8:11 p.m. and said that five passengers, including a 2-year-old boy, were swimming while the boat was waiting for a tow and had drifted away.
Coast Guard helicopter and boat crews were dispatched, officials said. Within 20 minutes, three of the five passengers were rescued. About 9 p.m., the boat crew found the last adult passenger and the boy.
"Life jackets absolutely made all the difference in this case," said Zach Edwards, command duty officer at Sector Houston-Galveston. "Survivability would have been difficult without the members having life jackets. This is yet another example that life jackets save lives."
Officials said all five were taken to Station Galveston, where they were evaluated by an ambulance crew.
No injuries were reported, officials said.