HOUSTON - The Coast Guard searched Monday for six people reported missing after a fishing vessel started sinking in the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, Texas.
The Coast Guard received a mayday call on Sunday afternoon from the captain, who reported the boat was taking on water. The captain said the six people aboard were abandoning ship and getting into an orange life raft.
Because of the poor quality of the radio transmission, the name of the vessel was difficult to make out. It sounded like either Scallywag or Skylark, Coast Guard officials said. The boat was described as a purple-and-blue-colored fishing vessel with a white stripe.
Multiple Coast Guard units responded, and on Monday were searching an area roughly the size of Delaware.
"The Coast Guard is expending all available resources to try and locate the six missing people," Elvie Damaso, a Coast Guard command center controller for Sector Houston-Galveston, said in a statement.
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