Coast Guard rescues 4 in Gulf of Mexico

Coast Guard District 8 NewsMOBILE, Ala., — The Coast Guard rescued four people from a vessel that sank approximately 10 miles south of Ft. Morgan, Ala., in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call from the master of the 38-foot vessel, Fountain, at 11:36 a.m., reporting the vessel sank and all four people aboard were in the vessel’s life raft. The master also advised that he activated the vessel’s Emergency Positioning Indicating Radio Beacon and launched flares.

The Coast Guard Cutter Cobia located the life raft with the EPIRB signal. All four mariners were recovered and transported to EMS personnel at Sector Mobile.

Taking part in the search were:

  • The Cutter Cobia, homeported in Mobile;
  • A 41-foot Utility Boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island, Ala.;
  • An MH-65C Dolphin helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans;
  • Alabama Marine Police.

“A prepared mariner with the right survival gear, such as a life raft, an EPIRB, a satellite phone and flares, can lead to a successful rescue,” said Lt. j.g. Timothy Williams, command duty officer for Sector Mobile. “The Coast Guard recommends that every mariner carry some type of signaling device and wear life jackets aboard their vessel.”

Their conditions are unknown.

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