Coast Guard rescues 2 from sinking boat in Galveston

Men made distress call from their sinking boat, officials say


HOUSTON – Two men are safe after the Coast Guard rescued them from their sinking boat.

According to officials, the men, Eugenio Suarez and Julio Suarez, made a distress call when their boat started sinking six miles from Galveston on Monday morning.

At 9:16 a.m., Eugenio used his cellphone to call the Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders saying, "Help! my boat is going down 10 miles off the Galveston Jetties. I'm going in. There's two of us, me and my father."

At 10:03 a.m., another Station Galveston boat crew nearby was conducting a routine boarding exercise. When they spotted Eugenio on top of his capsized boat, they set out to rescue them.

The aircrew spotted his father 50 yards away and lowered the rescue swimmer to help him until the boat crew was able to pick him up. The boat crew took both men back to Station Galveston, where they were met by local medical personnel.

There are no reports of any injuries.