Samaritan rescues crew members from shrimp boat fire near Galveston

Photo courtesy of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service in Houston.

POSTED: Friday, April 12, 2013 - 3:32pm

UPDATED: Saturday, April 13, 2013 - 10:58am

Three crew members were rescued by a good Samaritan after the shrimp boat they were on caught fire near South Galveston Jetty on Friday.

The captain of the shrimp boat, Angel Lady, notified the Coast Guard that the vessel was on fire with three people on board. The Coast Guard Cutter Manta was sent to assist in the rescue, but before they arrived to the scene, a good Samaritan, on a pleasure craft, rescued the three men on board.

Command Duty Officer Lt. Brian Sullivan stated, "Fire is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a boat out on the water. The fact that a good Samaritan put themselves in such a risky position to save lives is something we in the Coast Guard can definitely relate to."

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the fire.

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