Boat Capsizes in Mobile River, Two People Missing

The Mobile Fire Rescue is actively searching for two people who fell overboard after their boat capsized in the Mobile River Delta on Wednesday afternoon.

Mobile Fire Rescue Spokesman Steve Huffman said they received the call at around 1:41 p.m.

He said a boat was towing another boat when it capsized and began taking on water.

“Two people on the towing boat apparently fell off,” said Huffman. “What we understand is the third person on board had his back turned. He was fooling with whatever they were towing and when he turned around they were gone.”

Huffman said once the main boat began taking on water the third unidentified man on board disconnected the smaller boat from the main boat. The man was able to use the boat to make it back to shore near the Spanish River area.

Huffman said the man is assisting several agencies along with the Mobile Fire Rescue to help find the two people who went overboard.

He said in an initial statement taken from the man who made it back to shore revealed that the group may have been out fishing.

“They had a net,” said Huffman. “So they may have been fishing.”

He said the two men who fell off the boat were not wearing life jackets at the time the main boat capsized.

“There are life jackets on board the boat but our understanding from him is they were not wearing them.”

The none of the victims have been identified at this time.

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