Coast Guard in Texas rescues family of 4 from grounded boat

AP News
Posted: Feb 18, 2015 3:08 PM

PORT MANSFIELD, Texas (AP) — The Coast Guard has rescued a couple and two children after their pleasure boat ran aground during chilly, gusty conditions in South Texas.

Lt. j.g. Margaret Kratz said Wednesday that the family members were examined by medical workers in Port Mansfield and did not require hospitalization.

The boaters used a cellphone to seek help late Monday afternoon. Strong winds had pushed their boat aground.

A Coast Guard helicopter lowered a rescue swimmer. Kratz says the swimmer waded with the boaters to an island, where the helicopter landed.

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Authorities say the two children initially showed signs of hypothermia after a cold front dropped temperatures from the 80s to the low 50s. Winds topped 30 mph.

The Coast Guard did not release names of the rescued family.