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4 boaters stranded on Galveston jetty after crash rescued

GALVESTON, Texas – Four boaters who were stranded Monday evening on a rocky jetty off Galveston Island after a crash have been rescued.

Rescuers used a jet ski to shuttle the passenger back to shore from the far east jetty after they had been stranded since about 6 p.m. when the boat they were on crashed and sunk.

The first of the two passengers were rescued about 9 p.m. and the remaining two were brought to safety around 9:30 p.m. The four boaters did show signs hypothermia, but they were no injured otherwise.

According to Galveston Fire Chief Charlie Olsen, the four people were on that boat that crashed into the jetty about 1 to 2 miles from offshore. The boat went under but the four passengers were able to make it onto the rock jetty. The passengers were scared about the waves crashing onto the jetty, according to the dispatcher.

Galveston Marine Rescue made several unsuccessful attempts to rescue the passengers but didn't have any luck until about three hours later. The scene was off Boddeker Road at RA Appfeel East Beach Park.

The Galveston Marine Rescue comprises the Galveston police, fire and beach patrols and the Galveston County EMS.