Simulated training exercise performed off South Padre Island

Simulated training exercise

There was a beach rescue on South Padre Island, but this one was planned. Communication coordination and response time was all put to the test.

A boat catches fire, in what emergency responders are calling a much needed mock drill.

"It was a collaborative effort, Lt. Joshua Sagers with the U.S. Coast Guard said.

South Padre Island Beach Patrol, Cameron County Beach Patrol, and the U.S. Coast Guard are given minutes to respond to a boat sitting in the Gulf of Mexico. As each of the 12 people are pulled to safety, the agencies are forced to work through the issue without worrying who the lead agency would be.

The interagency team exercise identified gaps in communication between the various agencies and also identified key strengths at each agency level.

"This is the first event that we have participated in together and we hope it becomes an annual event, Michael Johnson with the Cameron County Beach Patrol said. Today, the three agencies completed the life saving tasks in under thirty minutes

The Cameron County Beach Patrol has only been in operation for less than a year.

The simulated training exercise performed was first time they practiced.