Coast Guard continues search for missing Mississippi boater

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard continues the search for a boater who went missing after his 21-foot pleasure craft capsized with five people aboard, Monday, May 18, 2009, in Dog Keys Pass, approximately three miles west of Horn Island, Miss.

A Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet and crew from Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala., located four of the five boaters 15-miles south of Pascagoula, Miss., Monday and a Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew then hoisted the four boaters and transported them to Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

Coast Guard Station Pascagoula received an overdue vessel report Sunday, at approximately 10 p.m., reporting that the five boaters aboard the 18-foot pleasure craft did not return home. Coast Guard Aviation Center Mobile, Ala., launched an HU-25 Falcon jet and crew at 1:15 a.m., and at 7:15 a.m. located an overturned 18-foot pleasure craft that fit the description of the overdue vessel.

Three of the five boaters are employees of the Ocean Springs Police Department.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that everyone wear a life jacket no matter what the water or weather conditions. The four boaters found were wearing their life jackets.

Currently searching are:

  • An HH-25 Falcon jet and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala.
  • Ocean Springs Police Department
  • Biloxi Police Department
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Department
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
  • Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

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