Coast Guard searching for two men lost at sea

MOBILE, Ala. – The Coast Guard is searching the area between Mobile Bay and the Chandeleur Islands for two men who became lost while towing a sailing vessel to Ocean Springs, Miss., Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the initial call at approximately 8 a.m., Thursday, from the wife of one of the two lost men, stating that her husband and his friend had become turned around in the dark while towing a 43-foot sailing vessel and had accidentally headed out to the open Gulf. Shortly thereafter, their 17-foot bass boat sank, causing them to regroup on the disabled sailing vessel they were towing.

The Coast Guard has launched 41-foot rescue boats and crews from Station Dauphin Island and Station Pascagoula, the Coast Guard Cutter Cobra, homeported in Mobile, Ala., HC-144 Ocean Sentry search planes and crews from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., and MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopters and crews from Air Station New Orleans to search for the missing men.

If you have seen this vessel or have any information on the two men please call the Coast Guard on channel 16 or by phone at (251) 441-6211.

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