PORT ARTHUR — By Julie Garcia
A Southeast Texas man was rescued by the United States Coast Guard Friday after employees of a local seafood processor became concerned over his absence.
The 33-year-old man, a local crab fisherman, was out on a fishing trip when his boat became became disabled and ran aground about seven miles southeast of Port Arthur, said Lt. Spencer Roach, duty officer at the USCG Sector Houston Command Center.
When the man didn’t arrive in his usual spot at the dock, the daughter of an employee at Dustin Gulf Seafood in Nederland became concerned and called the Coast Guard, Roach said in an email.
“In this case, the family did not know the man was in trouble,” Spencer said. “The folks at Dustin Seafood went out of their way to call the Coast Guard when he failed to show up at the dock at his normal time. If not for their report, this may have not had a happy ending.”
After the Coast Guard located the boat in a remote area near Blue Buck Point, the aircrew saw the man standing on land and waving his arms. He was brought abord the aircraft and transported to Beaumont Municipal Airport and was treated for any injuries.
“The man was not an employee, which makes the actions of Dustin Seafood that much more exceptional,” Spencer said.
The Coast Guard recommends that all boaters provide a “float plan” with friends and family before departure.
“Searching for an overdue boat has a much greater chance of being successful if family or friends know where you are going and when you plan to return,” Roach said. “File a float plan with a reliable person who will notify authorities if necessary.”