Coast Guard locates overdue fishing boat

MOBILE, Ala. – The Coast Guard located a missing fishing vessel with two people onboard 20 miles south of Gulfport, Miss., in the Gulf of Mexico, Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., received a call from the captain of the charter fishing vessel, Due South III, at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 24, 2009, reporting one of its skiffs was missing in the vicinity of the Chandelier Islands. Coast Guard Station Gulfport, Miss., launched a 41-foot rescue boat and crew to search in coordination with an HH-65 Dolphin helicopter and crew launched from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans. The initial search crews were unable to locate the missing skiff.

A first light search Saturday, April 25, 2009, conducted by an HC-144C Ocean Sentry, the Coast Guard’s newest marine patrol aircraft, from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., found the missing skiff and guided another skiff from the Due South III to their position.

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