Coast Guard locates 2 overdue men near Bay St. Louis

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MOBILE, Ala. — The Coast Guard located two men who were reported overdue near Bay St. Louis, Miss., Wednesday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Gulfport, Miss., received a call of an overdue 21-foot bay boat near Bay St. Louis. The boat had two adult males aboard and got underway Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. Their intentions were to reportedly fish the Chandeleur Islands until 1 a.m. and return back to Bay St. Louis.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile launched a response boatcrew from Station Gulfport and diverted an HC-144 Ocean Sentry fixed-wing aircrew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile.

Family members were able to provide information on their intended trip and where they usually fish. The two men were spotted standing on the Chandeleur Island chain by the fixed-wing aircraft after visually spotting “HELP” written in the sand. Both men were safely returned to family and friends in Gulfport.

“The Coast Guard takes this opportunity to reiterate the importance of filing a float plan with friends or family that details expected departure, return and intended activities.” said Ensign Bradley Parker, Sector Mobile. “We would like to remind all mariners to ensure they have all proper safety equipment such as lifejackets, flares and VHF-FM radio. Without the amplifying information we received from friends and family, this particular case could have ended much worse.”

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