Coast Guard assists fishing vessel taking on water near South Padre Island

CORPUS CHRISTI, TexasCoast Guard crews assisted a fishing vessel taking on water 30 miles northeast of South Padre Island, Texas, Tuesday night.

Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi watchstanders received a report that the vessel Cosa Fina was taking on water and in need of assistance.

Two Station South Padre Island 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boat crews and an Air Station Corpus Christi MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew were launched.

Once on scene, the boat crew of the SPC-LE passed a dewatering pump to the vessel.

The crew of the Cosa Fina were able to keep pace with the rate of flooding with the use of the dewatering pump until the source of the water was secured.

The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Jacob Poroo will escort the Cosa Fina as the vessel returns to shore.