Coast Guard rescue overdue mariner near Dauphin Island, Alabama

Coast Guard rescue overdue mariner near Dauphin Island, Alabama
The Coast Guard rescued an overdue personal watercraft near Dauphin Island, Alabama, on September 13, 2020. Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew was able to hoist the man aboard and he was transported back to Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, Al. with no medical concerns. U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Carlos Galarza.

NEW ORLEANS —​ A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew rescue a mariner on an overdue personal watercraft near Dauphin Island, Alabama, Sunday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report from Baldwin County 911 at approximately 8:50 p.m. that the father of the reporting party had taken a personal watercraft from Fort Morgan toward Dauphin Island to fish and had not returned for three hours.​

A Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew located the man about two miles south of Dauphin Island when the crew noticed a white cap that was not breaking and was later identified as the capsized personal watercraft. The Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew hoisted the man aboard and transported him to Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores, Alabama, with no medical concerns.

Coast Guard rescue overdue mariner near Dauphin Island, Alabama, MH-65 Dolphin
Archive image: Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews launch to begin first post-storm overflight assessments along with search and rescue surveillance Aug. 27, 2020 in the vicinity of Lake Charles, Louisiana. The Coast Guard aircrews are repared to assist people in need in areas that are impacted by Hurriance Laura as well as to conduct post-storm damage assessment overflights.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Air Station New Orleans (District 7).

“The Coast Guard recommends that everyone wear life jackets when they are using small recreational crafts,” said Cmdr. Kara Lavin, Coast Guard Sector Mobile response department head. “This case could have been significantly worse if the survivor was not wearing a life jacket. It is also critical to know that if someone’s vessel capsizes they should stay as close to the vessel as possible so they can be more easily discovered and assisted by rescuers.”

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