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Coast Guard rescue 3 from aground vessel near Fort Morgan

Coast Guard rescue 3 from aground vessel near Fort Morgan
Archive image: A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter and crew from the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. maneuvers into position to perform a medevac off of a Coast Guard 41-foot response boat as part of a search and rescue exercise at the Panama City.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Stephen Lehmann.

NEW ORLEANS — Two Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopters and a RB-M crews rescue three people Friday from an aground sailboat near Fort Morgan, Alabama.

Watchstanders with Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a call from Baldwin County Emergency Communications Center at 7:37 p.m. Thursday reporting an aground 47-foot sailboat beset by severe weather and without power with three people aboard. The watchstanders directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-Foot Response Boat-Medium​ boatcrewCoast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-65 Dolphin Short-Range Recovery Helicopter (SRR) and Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans​ MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter​ aircrews to assist.

“In the maritime domain, emergencies can happen fast and if you are not properly prepared it can leave you in a dire situation with little to no help,” said Lt. j.g. Trevor Vallet, with Coast Guard Sector Mobile Response. “We remind all mariners to have proper communications equipment, like a marine band VHF radio, because cell phones aren’t always reliable when out on the water. Boaters should also wear life jackets, because doing so not only increases the chance for survival but it also can mean the difference between life and death.”

Coast Guard rescue 3 from aground vessel near Fort Morgan
Archive image: A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans flight crew works maintenance on a Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, in New Orleans, September 14, 2020. The Coast Guard works closely with state and local parters during and after a storm to provide search and rescue response.
U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class John Michelli.

The Station Dauphin Island boatcrew arrived on scene but was unable to access the aground vessel due to water depth. The Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew arrived on scene, safely hoisted the three people and transported them back to Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley in Mobile, Alabama, where emergency medical services (EMS) evaluated them for further medical care.​ No medical concerns were reported.

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