Coast Guard locates skiff for charter

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 26, 2009

GULFPORT (AP) — The Coast Guard says it has found a skiff and two people missing overnight from a charter fishing boat 20 miles south of Gulfport.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Stephen Lehmann says the captain of the ‘‘Due South III’’ called about 9:30 p.m. Friday to say that one of its skiffs was missing near the Chandeleur Islands, with two people aboard.

He says a helicopter out of New Orleans and a rescue boat out of Gulfport searched for the skiff Friday night, but were unable to find it.

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On Saturday morning, the Coast Guard’s newest marine patrol aircraft — an HC-144C Ocean Sentry — found the missing skiff.

Lehmann says the plane’s crew guided a second skiff from the Due South III to the boat.