Coast Guard suspends search for 16-year-old male near Gulf Shores, Alabama

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter file photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard has suspended its search pending new developments for a missing 16-year-old male near Fort Morgan Beach near Gulf Shores, Alabama, Monday.

Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island and Air Station New Orleans searched the area covering 93 square nautical miles for over 11 hours.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a notification at 1:58 p.m. Sunday of the 16-year-old swimming and reportedly being swept under by the rip current in view of Fort Morgan Beach.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Sector Mobile
  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 29-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department
  • Bon Secour Fire Department
  • Fort Morgan Fire Department

“The Coats Guard exhausted all efforts to find the missing 16-year-old,” said Capt. Rob McLellan, commander, Sector Mobile. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Thank you to all the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Department, Bon Secour Fire Department and Fort Morgan Fire Department for their stalwart assistance in the search effort.”

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