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Dolphin sightseeing boat being towed by the Coast Guard after losing the ability to steer in Galveston, Texas

GALVESTON, Texas (KTRK) — A dolphin viewing boat with 33 people on board lost its ability to steer in Galveston Saturday, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The rescue took place around 11 a.m. after a call from the boat captain. The boat, named Baywatch Too, drifted toward a pipe in a heavily trafficked area near Seawolf Park.

Sentinels issued an urgent call and directed the launch of a Coast Guard response boat.

The boat crew from the Auxiliary 6-8 arrived on site to help. They successfully got the boat in tow and transported it and the passengers to Pier 21.

“Luckily we were patrolling nearby, heard the call for help and were able to relay communications between the Baywatch Too and Coast Guard Command Center,” said Greg Hoffnung, coxswain of the relief flotilla’s 6-8 boat crew. “We recommend all boaters to keep watch on Channel 16 so they can assist other seafarers in need, especially on such a busy Bank Holiday weekend.”

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