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Coast Guard rescues man who wrecked boat near Ship Island

With an unfinished fort, little to know trees or other structures, Ship Island was a desolate strategic location during 1861. By July 1861, Confederates had taken control of the island in an attempt to keep the Federals away from Mississippi and New Orleans.
With an unfinished fort, little to know trees or other structures, Ship Island was a desolate strategic location during 1861. By July 1861, Confederates had taken control of the island in an attempt to keep the Federals away from Mississippi and New Orleans. ttisbell@sunherald.com

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued a man who was injured when he wrecked his boat near Ship Island on Friday afternoon.

Watchstanders in Mobile were notified at 2:31 p.m. that a man had run his pleasure craft aground and hurt his leg, according to a release from the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard crew from Gulfport and three Biloxi Fire Department paramedics launched a boat at 2:45 p.m. to retrieve the man. They arrived at 3:25 p.m.

The release said a good Samaritan helped lift the man to the boat crew.

The man was taken to the Gulfport Coast Guard station, then by ambulance to Keesler Medical Center.

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