Coast Guard and local agencies search for overdue boaters

Coast Guard 8th District NewsMOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard is searching for three overdue boaters who reportedly did not return home after a fishing trip, Saturday, near the Mobile Ship Channel.

At approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders received an overdue vessel report from a family member reporting the three men did not return home after a fishing trip aboard a 24-foot pleasure craft. A good Samaritan located one man who was wearing a life jacket.

Currently searching are:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65C rescue helicopter and crew;
  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 41-foot Response Utility Boat and crew;
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144A Ocean Sentry and crew;
  • Coast Guard Cutter Coho, an 87-foot patrol boat homeported in Panama City, Fla., and crew;
  • Bon Secour Fire Department;
  • Mobile County Sheriff Department;
  • Dauphin Island Marine Police;
  • Alabama Marine Police.

“We are searching an area the size of Delaware with several agencies in order to locate two of the men,” said Lt. j.g. Israel Parker. “A good Samaritan rescued one of the three men after he located him wearing a life jacket.”

Also, the Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to mariners in the area.

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