Sector Mobile conducting multiple search and rescue operations

MOBILE, Ala. – Coast Guard Sector Mobile is actively engaged in two different search and rescue cases today.

The Coast Guard is searching for a missing man, Colin Rayner, 28, who reportedly fell overboard from his 18-foot pleasure craft north of Ship Island, Miss., at approximately 6:50 p.m. Monday. Sector Mobile launched a 25-foot smallboat and crew from Station Gulfport, a HU-25 Falcon jet and crew from the Aviation Training Center here, a HH-65C Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from Air Station New Orleans and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast for mariners in the area.

Also searching for Rayner is the Long Beach Police Department and the Department of Marine Resources.

The Coast Guard is also currently responding to a Mayday call received this morning from the Rescue 21 Tower, the Pinnacle St. Joe, reporting that the vessel Cobalt was in distress approximately 64-miles southeast of the Panama City Pass.

Sector Mobile launched a HU-25 Falcon jet and crew also from the Aviation Training Center, the Coast Guard Cutter Bonito, homeported in Penscola, Fla., and issued a UMIB to local mariners in the area to stay alert for possible people or a vessel in distress.

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