At approximately 4:30 a.m. Saturday, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile, Ala., received a call from the 43-foot vessel Dirty Pool reporting that the vessel was taking on water.
The vessel set off Friday evening, with six people aboard for a fishing trip. Shortly after the initial notification, Sector Mobile received two automatic notifications from EPIRBs in the vicinity of the Dirty Pool’s reported location.
Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater, Fla., launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew and located the six individuals in the water 25 miles offshore. The group used marine signal flares to alert the Coast Guard crew to their location. All six people were wearing lifejackets.
The aircrew transported the six individuals to awaiting emergency medical service personnel at Apalachicola Bay Municipal Airport in Franklin County, Fla. All six people were able to walk off the aircraft unassisted.