Coast Guard suspends search for missing swimmer

Coast Guard HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft

USCG File Photo

NEW ORLEANS – The Coast Guard suspended the search for a missing swimmer off the coast of Fort Morgan, Alabama, Tuesday.

One body was recovered by a Coast Guard Station Destin boatcrew at 6:22 p.m., Monday. The second body was located ashore and recovered by Fort Morgan Fire Rescue at noon, Tuesday.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received a call from Baldwin County 9-1-1 at 5:30 p.m., Monday, of two individuals who reportedly entered the water to assist a person in distress. The person in distress made it back to shore, however, the two individuals who entered the water did not return to shore.

Watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew at 5:53 p.m. and launched a Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew.

Involved in the search were:

  • Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew
  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-foot RB-M boatcrew
  • Fort Morgan Fire and Rescue
  • Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Alabama Marine Resources

“It is a tragedy to suffer the loss of these two souls who died trying to save others,” said Capt. Malcolm McLellan, the sector commander of Coast Guard Sector Mobile. “We offer our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.”

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