One of the two missing victims from the capsized shrimp boat in Mobile Bay was recovered today at approximately 1:00 p.m. Dive team members from Fort Morgan VFD, Bon Secours VFD, Daphne Search and Rescue, and Orange Beach Fire/Rescue located the victim in close proximity to the boat 1.4 miles north of Fort Morgan Historical Park.
The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. The search for the second victim is still ongoing.
Fort Morgan, Ala. (WALA) The Coast Guard reports that there is currently an active search off of Fort Morgan.
According to the Coast Guard and Alabama Law Enforcement Agency three crew members were on a 50 foot shrimp boat named “The Chief” which capsized around 4:00 a.m. this morning. The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Mobile says the accident happened about five miles from the entrance of Mobile Bay.
The captain of the vessel, Mr. Woody Jones of Bon Secour, was recovered at the Sand Island lighthouse by another shrimp boat and crew. The other two crew members are missing. Their names are not being released yet.
The USCG is searching the area with a 45 foot patrol boat, a fixed wing aircraft, and a helicopter along with patrol boats from ALEA’s Marine Patrol and the Alabama Marine Resources Division. Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department, Bon Secour Volunteer Fire Department, Daphne Search and Rescue, and Orange Beach Fire/Rescue are also searching the area and providing divers to clear the hull of the capsized vessel.