Jackson County

UPDATE: Family members identify four survivors; officials still searching for fifth (Updated 2 p.m.)

Family members have confirmed the names of the four survivors who have been found and taken to the hospital after a boating accident Sunday night.

Michael Green's mother confirmed her son and his girlfriend, Becky Welch are two of the survivors. Jonathan Navas' brother confirmed he, too, survived several hours in the Mississippi Sound after the boaters went missing Sunday during a trip to Horn Island. Navas' wife, Whitney, also has been found.

Four survivors have been found of the five boaters who were reported missing Sunday night in Ocean Springs. The group was believed to be returning from a day at Horn Island.

The fifth person, Stephen Bond, is still missing. All four have been sent to Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.

The five missing boaters were being sought by the Department of Marine Resources and other agencies. Their boat was found this morning capsized in Dog Keys Pass, approximately three-miles from Horn Island and was brought into the Ocean Springs Harbor.

Three of the missing are Ocean Springs police officers. The missing were identified this morning as Bond, 32, Green, 31, patrol officers, and Navas, 23, a reserve officer and his wife, Whitney, age unknown. The fifth person Welch, 37, is Green's girlfriend.

Green's mother confirmed the group was headed to a party on Horn Island..The group had gone to Horn Island on Sunday in Navas' 21-foot recreational boat. About 10 p.m. Sunday night, Navas' parents said they had not returned and the boat trailer was still at the harbor.

The searched was launched at that time. They officially were listed as missing at midnight. Helicopters and boats have been in the area searching for the four since then.

The mood at Ocean Springs Police Department has been somber as officers wait for news, said Lt. Steve Futrell. "We want the situation resolved in a way that everyone is happy."

This accident was separate from another accident involving nine people.

Sunherald.com will update this story as details become available.

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