Coast Guard Rescues 12 Men, Port Mansfield Man Hunkers Down as Harvey Strengthens
NEAR PORT MANSFIELD – The U.S. Coast Guard rescued 12 men onboard a 160-foot vessel taking on water near Port Mansfield on Friday.
The crew was flown to Port Mansfield following the rescue. All of the men are okay.
While the Coast Guard cannot say for sure if it was Hurricane Harvey that caused the commercial diving vessel Gulf Justice to take on water, it is a reminder of how dangerous rough seas can be.
Raul Flores has lived on a water-front property in Port Mansfield for 10 years.
"I went through Dolly and the hurricane before that and the hurricane before that," Flores said.
When Dolly hit, Flores said danger was knocking at his door.
"When Dolly got close the inner circle of the eye, it is something really scary," he said.
A walk around Flores' property, you can see what his Hurricane experience taught him.
Sheds on his property are boarded up; loose flooring on the deck is replaced. The roof of the patio is also reinforced.
"That keeps it from going like this or going like this. It reinforces the whole thing so that it works together," he said.
Out on the seas, reinforcements are at the ready too. Twelve men onboard Gulf Justice had to be rescued off the coast of Port Mansfield.
"They brought them to us and they're now here at my police station there were no injuries and everyone is safe," Port Mansfield Police Chief David Mayes said.
At the docks in town, there is hardly an empty space.