Two men rescued by Coast Guard on island in San Antonio Bay

By John Brannen - Web Editor

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas - Two men were rescued from an island in the San Antonio Bay on Sunday.

The Corpus Christi sector of the Coast Guard received a call at about 6 p.m. from the Refugio County Sheriff's Department that a 16-foot flat-bottom boat overturned with two people on board. Officials said the two men swam to a brick barrier off an island in San Antonio Bay.

The Coast Guard said it launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Corpus Christi and a 25-foot response vessel from Station Port O'Connor.

Officials said the boat arrived to the scene, but was unable to reach the two men because of deep water. The helicopter landed on the island and a rescue swimmer was able to get Richard Tesch, 42, and Ruben Vasquez, 53.

Both men were in stable condition and were taken to Rockport Airport where they were treated by emergency medical services.

"This time of year brings unpredictable weather and it's important to prepare accordingly," said Lt. Cmdr. Nathan Allen, the search and rescue mission coordinator for Sector Corpus Christi. "We were fortunate to receive the distress call quickly and respond immediately. The actions taken by the crew members directly contributed to a positive outcome."

The Coast Guard released a statement that read in part:

"Boaters are reminded to always check the weather forecast and prepare accordingly with appropriate personal protective equipment, always have enough life jackets for everyone aboard, have sufficient and appropriate medical supplies, always carry a marine VHF radio capable of calling for help and have a boating plan and communicate it with friends and family."

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