Coast Guard Rescues 4 Boaters in Gulf of Mexico

MOBILE, Ala – The Coast Guard rescued four boaters in the Gulf after their boat capsized. They were aboard a Catamaran, 29-nautical miles south of Dauphin Island, Ala., at approximately 7 a.m. today.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call late Monday, from a concerned family member that four people aboard a 28-foot Catamaran powerboat were overdue and had not returned from a fishing trip approximately thirty five nautical miles south of Ft. Morgan, Ala..

Sector Mobile conducted search patterns and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, launched a HU-25 Falcon jet from Aviation Training Center Mobile, and searched throughout the night with negative results.

The HU-25 Falcon jet crew conducted a second search pattern early this morning and located the vessel with four people clinging to the hull, where they dropped a raft and all four people climbed inside.

A Good Samaritan assisted the four boaters at approximately 8:30 a.m taking them onboard their vessel and began heading north to meet the 41-foot utility boat crew from Station Dauphin Island. Despite being in the water for more than 19 hours all rescued persons are reported to be in good condition.

Medical personal are standing by to meet the returning 41-foot utility boat at the Station to ensure there are no further medical issues.

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