(CBSDFW.COM/AP) – The U.S Coast Guard rescued 20 people in different incidents as Harvey moved through Texas. The distress calls came as conditions were still dangerous due to Hurricane Harvey making landfall along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The Coast Guard received the distress calls from people aboard the vessels Sabine Pass, Sandy Point and Signet Enterprise. Two Coast Guard helicopters were launched to assist in the search and rescue operations.
Capt. Tony Hahn, commander of the Corpus Christi sector, said Saturday that the two helicopters managed to rescue 18 people — three people from a fishing boat, four from a barge and 11 from two tugboats — when it became safe enough to do so.
The Coast Guard also rescued two people and their dog after they became stranded near the city of Rockport, where damage from the hurricane is extensive. The Coast Guard says a helicopter crew spotted them just before noon Saturday. They were taken to a hospital, and they Coast Guard says they’re in good condition. It was unclear whether or not they were in a boat when they were rescued.
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