Coast Guard locates missing kayakers in Mobile Bay

Coast Guard 8th District NewsMOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard and Alabama Marine Police rescued two missing kayakers, two miles south of Gaillard Island in Mobile Bay, after the kayakers were reported overdue by friends, Monday.

An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew located the kayakers clinging to the hull of a kayak at approximately 11:45 p.m. The Alabama Marine Police arrived on scene and picked up both kayakers and transferred them to EMS.

The two teens reported their kayaks capsized and were unable to resurface due to the rough weather conditions.

Coast Guard assets and other agencies that helped in the search were:

  • A 41-foot utility boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island;
  • An HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile;
  • An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile;
  • An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans;
  • Daphne Search and Rescue;
  • Alabama Marine Police.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 5:30 p.m., Monday, from a friend of one of the two missing teenagers. The friend was concerned that the two teens went kayaking during high winds and seas in Mobile Bay between Dog River and the Theodore Ship Channel.

“Under difficult weather conditions, we were fortunate to find the kayakers,” said Cmdr. Eric King, Sector Mobile Command Center Search and Rescue Coordinator. “With the assistance of our local partners and the ability of the two kayakers to remain with the kayak, our search efforts were successful. This is a reminder for boaters to heed to storm warnings and stay off of the beaches and bays of areas that might be impacted by inclement weather.”

Their conditions are unknown.

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