Two people in stable condition after rescue from boat that started taking on water off of Mississippi Gulf Coast

Published 9:09 am Monday, September 27, 2021

Two people are in stable condition after being rescued from a sinking boat in the waters near the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued the two people Saturday after their vessel began to take on water near Gulfport.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report from Coast Guard Station Gulfport at 10:55 p.m. Saturday of a 17-foot vessel taking on water with two people aboard north of Cat Island. Station Gulfport launched a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boat crew to respond.

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The boat crew arrived on the scene and was able to tow the vessel and the two people onboard back to Long Beach Harbor. Both persons were reported to be in stable condition. Following the rescue, it was determined that the vessel did not have any flares onboard.

“The Coast Guard recommends people check to make sure they have all the required safety equipment before getting underway,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Christopher Moore, Sector Mobile command duty officer. “Not having the required safety equipment can be detrimental to a successful response effort.”

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