Coast Guard rescues 4 after vessel capsizes

Coast Guard 8th District NewsMOBILE, Ala. – The Coast Guard rescued four people and their dog after their vessel capsized, Thursday, two miles off the coast of Pascagoula, Miss., in Bayou Cassate.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a report at approximately 2 a.m., from a man, stating that he and three other people were on an 18-foot recreational craft that was taking on water off the coast of Pascagoula.

A 41-foot Utility Boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula and an MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans were launched to assist.

Upon locating the vessel, which had capsized, the crew of the helicopter noticed only three of the four people had life jackets. They lowered their rescue swimmer to deliver a fourth life jacket.

The helicopter crew guided the crew of the UTB to their location. The crew brought the four people and their dog on board and brought them back to Station Pascagoula.

None required medical attention.

“We had excellent coordination between our air and surface assets,” said Ensign Timothy Williams, a command duty officer for Sector Mobile. “That kind of teamwork starts with communication and ends with lives saved.”

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