GULFPORT, Mississippi (WVUE) — Seven boaters and an undoubtedly grateful dog were rescued this weekend from a burning boat off the Mississippi coast near Gulfport, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
The dramatic rescue took place Saturday, May 21, according to a spokesperson for the USCG’s District 8 Command Center.
The boat’s occupants made an emergency call at 9.26am after their 45ft Hatteras vessel caught fire. The Coast Guard responded with an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft and crew dispatched from the Coast Guard Mobile Aviation Training Center. The crew quickly inspected the scene and deployed an inflatable life raft which the boaters and the dog rushed into.
From Coast Guard Station Gulfport arrived a 45ft response boat, the crew of which rescued the boaters and the dog from the raft, and brought them back to safe harbor in Gulfport to be assessed by medical personnel. emergency. Those rescued are believed to be in stable condition, the Coast Guard said.
Footage of the incident taken by the plane’s cameras provided video of the dramatic rescue. The cause of the boat fire was not immediately known.
Lt Cmdr. Kathleen Sullivan, a Mobile-based search and rescue mission coordinator, called Saturday’s effort “a seamless example of teamwork and coordination” between multiple Coast Guard and local assets.
“Today officially kicks off National Safe Boating Week,” Sullivan said Saturday. “The careful actions of those aboard the Hatteras – saluting Mayday to the Coast Guard and all personnel wearing life jackets – coupled with the quick actions of the crew deploying the life raft ultimately enabled the Coast Guard to bring back all seven ashore safely.”
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