Coast Guard rescues boater in Mobile Bay

Mobile, Ala- The Coast Guard rescued a man in Mobile Bay after his sailboat capsized Tuesday afternoon.

At approximately 6:45 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Mobile, received a call from a good Samaritan stating he observed a capsized sailboat a few miles from shore in the bay.

Sector Mobile immediately launched a Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon Jet rescue crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., and a Coast Guard 41-foot small-boat rescue crew from Station Dauphin Island, Ala.

The rescue boatcrew located the overturned vessel at approximately 7:15 p.m., with no passengers aboard.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call from the victim via his cell phone stating he was floating in the water about a mile from his overturned boat.

With updated information, the HU-25 rescue crew was able to locate the man in the water and pass his position to the Coast Guard small-boat rescue crew who retrieved and transported the man to shore.

“This is a great example of a successful search and rescue case, the boater had a life vest on, there was good information from the reporting source and he was located within an hour,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Brian Weekly, search and rescue controller.

The man was released with no injuries and the capsized boat was marked as a hazard to navigation.

The owner of the sailboat is scheduled to retrieve the vessel today.

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