Search for missing boaters in Mobile Bay to continue through the night

LOS ANGELES - A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Los Angeles conducts flight training just off the coast of San Pedro, Calif., March 18, 2012. Coast Guard aircrew members must constantly train together to keep their life saving skills sharp for the next mayday call. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

USCG MH-65C file photograph by Petty Officer 1st Class Adam Eggers

MOBILE – The multi-agency search for three missing boaters in the Mobile Bay area will continue through Tuesday night.

The number of missing people was reduced to three when a body was recovered in the vicinity of an offshore gas platform in Mobile Bay earlier today.

A Good Samaritan discovered the body while fishing in the area, and alerted first responders who recovered the individual.

Since the search began, rescue crews have searched 5,650 square miles in Mobile Bay; while the shoreline has been searched by both volunteers and first responder agencies from the state and local area.

Today’s response consisted of:

  • Three Alabama Marine Patrol rescue boat crews.
  • One Coast Guard Auxiliary fixed-wing aircraft crew.
  • One Mobile County Air fixed-wing aircraft crew.
  • One Alabama Law Enforcement Agency helicopter crew.
  • One HH-65 Dolphin Helicopter rescue crew from Air Station New Orleans.
  • The 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Coho.
  • Two 45-foot response boat medium rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island.
  • Baldwin County Emergency Management Agency shoreline search team.
  • Good Samaritan shoreline searchers.
  • Daphne Search and Rescue.
  • Mobile County Sheriffs Department Flotilla Dive Team.
  • One Mobile County Sheriffs Department Flotilla boat crew.

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