Coast Guard searching for missing men near Horn Island

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard is searching for five men who reportedly went missing May 17, 2009, after the boat they were aboard was found capsized, Monday, May 18, 2009 at approximately 7:15 a.m. in Dog Keys Pass, approximately 3-miles from Horn Island, Miss.

Coast Guard Station Pascagoula received an overdue vessel report Sunday, at approximately 10 p.m., reporting that the five men aboard the 18-foot pleasure craft did not return home. Coast Guard Aviation Center Mobile, Ala. launched an HU-25 Falcon jet and crew at 1:15 a.m., and at 7:15 a.m. located an overturned 18-foot pleasure craft that fits the description of the overdue vessel.

Currently searching are:

  • An MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
  • An MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala.
  • An HH-25 Falcon jet and crew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala.
  • A 41-foot utility boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Gulfport
  • A 41-foot utility boat and crew from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula
  • The Coast Guard Cutter Cobia, an 87-foot coastal patrol boat, homeported in Mobile, Ala.
  • Jackson County Sheriff’s Department
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Department
  • Biloxi Police Department
  • Ocean Springs Police Department

An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) was also issued to mariners as a caution in the area.

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