Coast Guard suspends search for missing Mississippi boater

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search a 4:15 p.m. today, for a boater who went missing after his 21-foot pleasure craft capsized with five people aboard, Monday, in Dog Keys Pass, approximately three miles west of Horn Island, Miss.

Coast Guard crews from New Orleans, Mobile, Ala., Gulfport, Miss., and Pascagoula, Miss., searched for 57 hours, covering 3,767 square miles, which is approximately two times the size of the state of Rhode Island.

A Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon jet and crew from Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Ala., located four of the five boaters 15 miles south of Pascagoula Monday and a Coast Guard MH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew then hoisted the four boaters and transported them to Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

Coast Guard Station Pascagoula received an overdue vessel report Sunday, at approximately 10 p.m., reporting that the five boaters aboard the 21-foot pleasure craft did not return home. Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile launched an HU-25 Falcon jet and crew at 1:15 a.m., and at 7:15 a.m. located the overturned boat.

Three of the five boaters are employees of the Ocean Springs Police Department.

The Coast Guard strongly recommends that everyone wear a life jacket no matter what the water or weather conditions. The four boaters found were wearing their life jackets.

Coast Guard search assets included:

  • 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.

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