Family Rescued From Sinking Boat at Night in Galveston

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“I love you, the boat is sinking,” 22-year-old Brian Durham texted his wife in the middle of the night on Saturday. Brian, along with his father, Bruce Hecker, and two siblings, Bruce Hecker, 15, and Dakota Hecker, 14, were out in the water ten miles southeast of the Galveston jetties when their boat began to sink.

ABC 13 reports that the family left the shore at 9:30 at night to go fishing. The boat malfunctioned, and they were left in the dark to deal with the disaster. Hecker told the news that he discarded everything on the boat he was able to throw overboard to lighten the load. They had flashlights, but the ordeal was terrifying.

At 1:50 a.m., Hecker called 911, and they connected him with the Coast Guard. The news writes, “An Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew and Station Galveston boat crew arrived on scene at the same time, about an hour after the initial call.”

Nine hours after their journey began, KHOU says that the group was thankful to reach the shore safely. The boat was towed to the shore at the same time as the rest of the family greeted them on dry land.