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Tanker tows disabled boat 300 miles through Gulf of Mexico

GALVESTON, Texas — A tanker has towed a disabled pleasure boat about 300 miles through the Gulf of Mexico to help the smaller craft safely return to Texas.

The Coast Guard on Thursday announced the rescue ended with the man and his 40-foot trimaran reaching Galveston.

The boater left Port Aransas (uh-RAN’-suhs) on Nov. 5, bound for Key West, Florida, when the rudder broke. He used a satellite device Monday to signal for help.

The Coast Guard determined the boat was about 300 miles southeast of Galveston. The Coast Guard sent an emergency broadcast for any nearby ships to help.

The captain of the tanker Chance diverted and towed the smaller boat. A Coast Guard boat took over about 16 miles from Galveston, with a commercial vessel assisting the trimaran to shore Wednesday.

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