Coast Guard rescues 4 people after vessel capsizes in Mobile Channel

Coast Guard 25-Foot Response Boat

USCG file photo

MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard rescued four people from the Mobile Channel after their boat capsized, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island received a 911 emergency relay and a phone call from the Alabama Marine Police at approximately 12 p.m., reporting that a 15 to 20-foot vessel was taking on water near the Mobile Bay Lighthouse with four people aboard.

A 25-foot response boat and crew (RB-S) from Station Dauphin Island, the Coast Guard Cutter Stingray, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Mobile and an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircraft and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile were directed to assist in the rescue.

The crew of the Ocean Sentry located all four persons in the water and guided the small boat crew to their location, which allowed the rescue crew to recover them quickly.

All four people reported no medical concerns and were taken to Fowl River Marina in Theodore.

“These Coast Guard crews demonstrated their flexibility today,” said Lt. j.g. Ashley Vryheid, a member of Coast Guard Sector Mobile’s contingency planning division. “Two of the units responding were working on different missions when they were diverted to assist in the rescue. Today’s success is a testament to our crew’s dedication and professionalism.”

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