The Coast Guard rescued three people and one dog from a vessel taking on water 50 miles offshore Dauphin Island in the Gulf of Mexico, Sunday.
Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a radio call on VHF-FM channel 16 from the sailing vessel Second Chance, reporting that they were taking on water.
Watchstanders launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans, an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircrew from Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile and a 45-foot Response Boat — Medium boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island.
The HC-144 aircrew located the sailboat and vectored in the boatcrew to safely remove the three people and dog from the vessel. They were brought back to Station Dauphin Island where they were met by family and friends.
There were no reported injuries or medical concerns. All three people aboard the sailing vessel were wearing their life jackets at the time of the rescue.
The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to always wear their life jacket, since an incident can happen at any time.
The Coast Guard also reminds mariners to be familiar with the dangers of hypothermia, how quickly it can affect you and how to protect yourself against it by wearing the proper cold water equipment.