GALVESTON, Texas – The euphoria of the holiday weekend ended for eight passengers aboard a yacht named Euphoria when the vessel ran aground off Eagle Point near San Leon.
According to the Coast Guard, the six adults and two children aboard the boat found themselves in trouble in the water between Trinity Bay and Galveston Bay just before 4 p.m. Monday. The owner of the 46-foot yacht is Mark Ward, of the Clear Lake area, but it was the boat's operator who called the Galveston County Sheriff's Office, which contacted the Coast Guard.
It took a 45-foot response boat from Coast Guard Station Galveston, and a Coast Guard helicopter, to get the eight stranded passengers to safety.
The Coast Guard transferred the passengers to Base Galveston's boat, which took them to the owner's dock in Nassau Bay.
No injuries were reported but an estimated 300 gallons of fuel is aboard the grounded boat, and the Coast Guard is coordinating salvage plans with the owner.
The rescue capped a busy holiday weekend for the station: three rescues involving 12 adults and three children in less than 24 hours.