Coast Guard suspends search for person in the water in Mobile Bay, Alabama

MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans
Archive image: Petty Officer First Class Robert Granger, an aviation survival technician from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, walks towards a MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter where Lt. Blake Labat conducts a pre-flight assessment on the helicopter.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Office 3rd Class Alexandria Preston.

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard suspended its search, Saturday, for a person in the water in Mobile Bay, Alabama.

The Coast Guard and local agencies began searching Friday after watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report of a capsized boat in Mobile Bay.​

Coast Guard crews searched an area of​ 1,152 square nautical miles over the course of 29 hours but were unable to locate the missing crewmember.

Involved in the search were:​

  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island Response Boat-Medium boat crew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin-Helicopter crew
  • Daphne Search and Rescue
  • Alabama Department of Marine Resources
  • Alabama Law Enforcement Agency
  • Fort Morgan Search and Rescue Divers
  • Fort Morgan Park Rangers
  • Bon Secour Fire Department
  • Mobile Marine Police
  • Coast Guard Cutter Ridley
  • North Baldwin Sheriff’s Search and Rescue
  • Mobile Sheriff Flotilla
  • Coast Guard Air Station Mobile HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew​
Coast Gaurd HC-144 takes off from Brookley Field in Mobile, Ala.
Archive image: a Coast Gaurd HC-144 takes off from Brookley Field in Mobile, Ala.
U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Woody Paschall.

Previous Coast Guard press release

NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard and local agencies are searching for two people in the water in Mobile Bay, Alabama, Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 5:00 a.m. of a capsized fishing vessel approximately five miles south of the entrance to Mobile Bay.

A nearby Good Samaritan vessel rescued one passenger from the water in fair condition. Two passengers are still missing.

Currently involved in the search:

  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island Rescue Boat-Medium 45-ft boat crew
  • Alabama Marine Resources
  • Orange Beach Police Department

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