Coast Guard: 1 rescued, 4 missing after boat sinks in Gulf

Officials: This has become a major search-and-rescue operation

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GALVESTON, Texas - Coast Guard crews said they rescued one person, but are still searching for four more people who went missing after their fishing boat sank off the Galveston Coast.

Officials said the boat sank about 115 miles southeast of Galveston early Friday morning. Coast Guard officials said around 3:30 a.m., they received an alert from the boat's emergency beacon.

An aircrew was sent out to the area to search for the boat, and found a man waiving his arms aboard an orange raft, officials said.

Once the man was rescued, he told authorities there were four other crew members aboard the vessel before it sank.

Officials said the man was taken to a nearby oil rig to address any medical concerns so the helicopter crew could resume their search.

"We're currently responding to an EPIRB hit that has quickly become a major search-and-rescue operation," said Kevin Robb, a watchstander with the 8th District command center. "We have crews from all over the Gulf region descending on the general area where the boat went down to search for these remaining crew members."

So far, no names have been released.

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