A powerful storm that hit the coast of Alabama has killed two people and capsized several boats participating in a regatta, Coast Guard officials said. Five people are missing in the waters in Mobile Bay as a result of the storm.
According to Duke Walker, Coast Guard captain, the storm struck the annual Dauphin Island regatta on Saturday afternoon. The Coast Guard Sector Mobile received information at 4:30 p.m. that severe weather, which capsized several vessels and threw people in the water, had hit the sailing convention.
Jeff Carter, deputy director of Mobile County Emergency Management, said that one vessel collided with the bridge.
One of the bodies of the deceased was discovered at 9:00 Saturday night, according to Al.com. The second was found the next morning.
Search teams are looking for the five missing people. Walker further said that Sunday’s weather conditions were “optimal” – with light winds and a sunny sky without much tidal turbulence – for carrying out search procedures.
However, names of the missing and dead were not revealed on Sunday.
Crews on rescue vessels and aircraft had searched and covered 1,779 sq. miles of the area by Sunday morning, Reuters reported Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega as saying.
According to CNN, the Coast Guard reported that over 100 boats participated in the race. Rescue teams had saved 40 people from the waters.
“Our guys worked hard and long to rescue people,” Walker said. “This is an awful tragedy and our hearts go out to the families.”
This year marked the 57th Dauphin Island Race. The annual event is sponsored by The Fairhope Yacht Club, as per the club’s website.
You might also be interested in: US Officials Deny Possible IS Terror Plot