National Fisherman

Corpus Christi, Texas — Coast Guard crews rescued two fishermen Monday, after their boat started taking on water in the Gulf of Mexico.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. Coast Guard watchstanders at Sector Corpus Christi received a radio transmission from a distressed fisherman saying, “We have breached the hull, we are going down.” The call came from a 40-foot fishing boat, the Miss Yalanda, with two individuals aboard. Their boat was taking on water and flooding the engine room approximately 19 miles off the coast of Port O’Connor. Sector Corpus Christi launched a boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Coast Guard Station Port O’Connor and an aircrew aboard an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Corpus Christi.

When the rescue boat arrived on scene, two Coast Guard crewmen went aboard the vessel to reduce the flooding with pumps brought from the rescue boat and from the rescue helicopter. The fishing boat was later put in tow and brought to Port O’Connor to assess damages and make repairs.

“Mariners in urgent distress trigger an ‘all hands on deck’ response from the Coast Guard,” said Cmdr. Daniel Deptula, the search and rescue mission coordinator for Sector Corpus Christi. “Seconds mattered in this case as the flooding was uncontrolled and the potential for a life-threatening situation was high. That mayday call to the Coast Guard saved lives and ensured the vessel could make it back to port.”

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Inside the Industry

Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.


The Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is teaming up with leading shark-tracking nonprofit Ocearch to build the most extensive shark-tagging program in the Gulf of Mexico region.

In October, Ocearch is bringing its unique research vessel, the M/V Ocearch, to the gulf for a multi-species study to generate previously unattainable data on critical shark species, including hammerhead, tiger and mako sharks.

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