Three people were rescued Monday after their boat capsized off the coast of Galveston.

In a Facebook post, a U.S. Coast Guard Station Galveston representative reported that the station received a mayday call from a vessel taking on water near the island's north jetty.

A rescue vessel was able to locate the boat, which had, by then, capsized. The passengers had donned life jackets and were standing atop the hull.  Photos indicate that rescuers were able to run a rope line to the sinking vessel, and everyone was rescued without injury.

I'm sharing this story in hopes that it will be a reminder to boaters to keep life jackets and other personal flotation devices handy on their vessels (and preferably on their bodies while on the water), and to keep a working radio aboard in case they need to call for help.

As our friend Rick Smith often reminds us, you should also be sure to let people back on shore know beforehand where you plan to take your boat and when you think you might be back. That way, you have someone on land who can alert rescuers if something goes wrong and you aren't able to call for help.

And, finally, a big thank you to the Coast Guard and everyone serving and saving lives in our military.

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