Coast Guard aircrews search for missing jet skier as Isaac approaches

America's Heartland Coast Guard NewsMOBILE, Ala. – Coast Guard aircrews from Aviation Training Center Mobile are searching for a missing 47-year-old male jet skier off the coast of Pensacola, Fla., Tuesday.

Coast Guard crewmembers at Station Pensacola received the initial report from the wife of the missing man at approximately 8:30 p.m., Monday, stating that her husband was due to return home at 7:30 p.m., but hadn’t arrived.

ATC Mobile has launched the following assets to search:

  • Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters and crews
  • An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft and crew

“The Coast Guard is making every attempt to relocate the missing person, however as Tropical Storm Isaac continues to build offshore the increasing winds and seas make search conditions extremely difficult and unsafe for aircrews,” said Lt. j.g. Timothy Williams, public affairs officer with Sector Mobile. “As Isaac approaches, Coast Guard aircrews will temporarily suspend their search efforts until the storm passes and weather conditions become safe enough to resume the search.”

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