Coast Guard Rescues 4 from Gulf of Mexico

NEW ORLEANS – Coast Guard crews rescued four people from the Gulf of Mexico earlier today.

At approximately 3:30 a.m., a watchstander from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., received a distress call from the crew of a fishing vessel, who reported that the vessel was taking on water approximately 50 miles south of Panama City, Fla.

A HU-25 Rescue Jet crew from ATC Mobile was launched to locate and assist the vessel.

Good Samaritans from the tugboat Coastal Sun and the cargo ship Sea Adventure assisted the Coast Guard and spotted a debris field and relayed the location to Coast Guard.

The crew of the HU-25 located three people on the hull of a capsized fishing vessel and dropped a life raft. The fourth person from the fishing vessel was wearing a life jacket.

The Coast Guard Cutter Seahawk, an 87-foot patrol boat from Carrabelle, Fla., was notified of the location and rescued all four surviors from the water.

The four survivors are being taken to Carrabelle.

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