Coast Guard searching for overdue sailing vessel from Mobile Bay to Panama City

MOBILE, Ala. — The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a 33-foot sailing vessel, the Tortuga, in the Gulf of Mexico from Mobile Bay to Panama City, Fla.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call at approximately 4 p.m., Friday from Sea Tow, reporting they had received a call from a mariner Thursday, stating he was departing Mobile Bay and was scheduled to arrive in Panama City, Friday at noon.  The mariner did not report his scheduled arrival to Sea Tow.

Sector Mobile launched an HC-144A Ocean Sentry aircraft and crew from Aviation Training Center Mobile, Ala., to search. An Urgent Marine Information Broadcast UMIB was also issued to mariners as a caution in the area.

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