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Coast Guard pulls 3 men, 2 best friends from water after boat sinks

This 28-foot pleasure boat sank Wednesday morning off Dauphin Island, forcing three men and two dogs into the water. They were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.
This 28-foot pleasure boat sank Wednesday morning off Dauphin Island, forcing three men and two dogs into the water. They were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

The U.S. Coast Guard sent two helicopters and a rescue vessel Wednesday morning after a call came in from a 28-foot pleasure boat sinking near Dauphin Island.

The first Coast Guard unit arrived within 12 minutes of the boat’s distress call, but it had sunk. A Coast Guard spokesman said they pulled three men and two dogs from the water.

The men were from three states. One was from Natchez and the others the Coast Guard listed as from Louisiana and Alabama. The Coast Guard considered all those they rescued in stable condition Wednesday afternoon. None was hospitalized.

The call came in to Sector Mobile at 10:18 a.m. Wednesday. In response, a 45-foot rescue boat came from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island, an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter came from New Orleans and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter was pulled from training exercises at the Aviation Training Center in Mobile.

The three men and two dogs were taken to Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island.

Karen Nelson: 228-896-2310, @NelsonNews_atSH

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