Good Samaritans rescue man overboard near Dauphin Island

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DAUPHIN ISLAND (WRKG) — UPDATE (9:02 P.M.): The Coast Guard says good Samaritans have rescued Brian Duff, who went overboard on his personal watercraft earlier today.

He was rescued near a triple-rig in the Mobile Bay.

The good Samaritans who were snapper fishing spotted a light in the water on their way back in. 
They circled back around and heard hollering and found him. They pulled Duff in, and he told them his wave runner flipped upside down.  The good Samaritans say the man was distraught until they found out the child who had been with him was already found and safe. They say the man was about 10 miles offshore when they found him treading in about 47-meter deep water and the tide was going out, so they’re lucky to have found him.

The good Samaritans spotted him by the light they saw from his watch. Duff says the Coast Guard flew over him a couple of times and never saw him.

Original story

The Coast Guard and other agencies are searching for an overdue man near Dauphin Island Friday. 

Missing is Brian Duff, a white man with an orange life jacket wearing a long sleeve shirt under his life jacket. A child that was with him and was reported missing initially has been found and is in stable condition. 

The personal watercraft is a red and white Yamaha.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a notification at about 2:50 p.m. from a family member when they did not return as planned. The family reported the two people left Tonty Court, Dauphin Island, aboard the red and white Yamaha at noon and were last seen heading into the Gulf of Mexico toward an offshore platform at 12:45 p.m.

The Coast Guard issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast.

Involved in the search are:

  • Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-foot Response Boat-medium boat crew
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile HC-144 helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter aircrew
  • Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 Dolphin helicopter aircrew
  • Alabama Marine Resources
  • South Alabama Rescue Search and Recovery
  • Mobile Reserve Corps

Anyone with information regarding this case is requested to contact the Coast Guard Sector Mobile command center at 251-441-6211.


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