Sheriff Brian Hawthorne reported that on 12 March, 2013 at approximately 6:30 pm the Chambers County Sheriff’s Office 911 received a call from stranded fishermen in Trinity Bay. The Chambers County Marine Division was immediately contacted and launched a water search and rescue leaving from Crawley’s Bait Camp.  By the time the Marine Division was able to get into the area the call had originated from they were in total darkness with rough seas. The two fishermen, both from Houston were eventually located safe and uninjured at the south end of Atkinson Island. This is one of the worst areas for rough waters in Trinity Bay.

Their boat had become disabled and had been adrift for hours before being rescued. The vessel had to be towed back to Thompson’s Marina and arrived at approximately 9:20 pm.