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Apr 26, 2015

07:46:04 GMT--Vehicle Accident - North-America - USA


EDIS Number: VI-20150426-47948-USA
Date / time: 26/04/2015 07:45:13 [UTC]
Event: Vehicle Accident
Area: North-America
Country: USA
State/County: State of Alabama
Location: [Mobile Bay]
Number of Deads: N/A
Number of Injured: N/A
Number of Infected: N/A
Number of Missing: 6 person(s)
Number of Affected: N/A
Number of Evacuated: N/A
Damage level: Moderate

Description:

One boater was rescued, but four were still missing as the United States Coast Guard searched the waters of Mobile Bay after sailing vessels participating in a Dauphin Island sailing regatta capsized during a storm. The Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the report at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday that the regatta was struck by severe weather causing multiple vessels to capsize and leaving multiple people on the water. The United States Coast Guard said 200 people were on 119 boats during the 57th annual iteration of the Dauphin Island Race. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier said one person died, but didn't offer any more information. "It's been a very tragic day," said Michael Smith with the Buccaneer Yacht Club. "We've had a lot of breakage, missing people, fatalities." Smith said the storm rolled in unexpectedly and suddenly and the winds were well over 60 knots. "We got boats under the bridge that are up against the bridge. We've got boats on the bottom. We've got people missing. We've got confirmed... unfortunately not coming home," he said. Susan Kangal, who was in one of the boats on the water said it was the worst storm that she has seen, short of a hurricane. "We were probably an inch from capsizing; everybody was ready to jump. I didn't have a life jacket on - I grabbed the horseshoe and put it around my neck and just held on," said Kangal. It was "the closest to death I have ever come" she said.


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