Coast Guard Saves 4 From Severe Weather 24 miles off Matagorda Bay. Video by Petty Officer 3rd Class Manda Emery | U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston | Date: 10.31.2013. A Coast Guard boat crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium from Station Port O’Connor arrives on scene to a sailing vessel in distress with four people aboard, Oct. 31, 2013, 24 miles offshore of Matagorda Bay. (U.S. Coast Guard Video.)
Matagorda Bay is a large Gulf of Mexico estuary bay on the Texas coast, lying in Calhoun and Matagorda counties and located approx. 80 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, 143 miles east-southeast of San Antonio, 108 miles south-southwest of Houston, and 167 miles south-southeast of Austin. It is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Matagorda Peninsula and serves as the mouth of numerous streams, most notably the Lavaca and Colorado Rivers. The major Texas seaport of Port Lavaca is located on the system’s northwestern extension of Lavaca Bay. The city of Palacios is found on northeastern extension of Tres Palacios Bay, and Port O’Connor is located on the southwestern tip of the main bay’s shore. The ghost town of Indianola, which was a major port before it was destroyed by two hurricanes in the late 19th Century, is also found on the bay.
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