Coast Guard rescues 2 from vessel taking on water near Gulfport

A Coast Guard Station Gulfport 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew rescues two people Sept. 25, 2021 from a 17-foot vessel taking on water near Gulfport, Mississippi. The boatcrew arrived on scene and was able to tow the vessel and the two people onboard back to Long Beach Harbor. Both persons were reported to be in stable condition. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Gulfport)

A Coast Guard Station Gulfport 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew rescues two people Sept. 25, 2021 from a 17-foot vessel taking on water near Gulfport, Mississippi.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Station Gulfport)

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard rescued two people Saturday after a vessel began to take on water near Gulfport, Mississippi.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report from Coast Guard Station Gulfport at 10:55 p.m. Saturday of a 17-foot vessel taking on water with two people aboard north of Cat Island. Station Gulfport launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew to respond.

The boatcrew arrived on scene and was able to tow the vessel and the two people onboard back to Long Beach Harbor. Both persons were reported to be in stable condition. Following the rescue, it was determined that the vessel did not have any flares onboard.

“The Coast Guard recommends people check to make sure they have all the required safety equipment before getting underway,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Moore, Sector Mobile command duty officer. “Not having the required safety equipment can be detrimental to a successful response effort.”

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