Huntsville-based crew survives dangerous waters in Dauphin Island regatta

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Authorities are still searching for five missing boaters in Mobile Bay.  Several boaters went missing after a patch of severe weather capsized sailboats in a regatta on Saturday afternoon.

The severe weather hit more than 100 sailboats were taking part in a Dauphin Island sailing regatta.   The Coast Guard reports as many as 40 people were rescued from the water.   Authorities confirmed two people are dead.

Gordon Trowbridge and his crew live in Huntsville.  They packed up and began heading back home from the regatta on Sunday.  Trowbridge says he is thankful his team managed to weather the storm that caused problems for so many others.

"Heck of a boat, took a very strong blow," he said.

Trowbridge says he and his crew came across a capsized boat in the bay.  He says he called the racing committee and discovered the crew had been accounted for.  A father and his two children were on that boat.