Coast Guard rescues two after 18-foot skiff capsizes

MOBILE, Ala. – The Coast Guard rescued two men Saturday whose 18-foot skiff sank 2-miles off of the coast of Dole Plant in Gulfport, Miss.

One of the three men aboard the skiff swam to shore and called the Coast Guard at approximately 7 p.m., reporting that the vessel he was aboard capized and two crewmembers were in the water.

The Coast Guard launched a HH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew and a 41-foot rescue boat and crew from station Gulfport. The Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk also responded. The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources launched a vessel as well to assist in the rescue.

At 7:30 p.m., the DMR recovered one of the men. The second man was recovered by station Gulfport.

The men were taken to Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

Their condition is unknown.

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