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USCG: one boater rescued, at least 4 remain missing in Mobile Bay

MOBILE, AL (WALA) - Officials say a 17-year-old was pulled from the water around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, but four were still missing as the United States Coast Guard searched the waters of Mobile Bay after sailing vessels participating in a Dauphin Island sailing regatta capsized during a storm.

Major Scott Bannon, chief enforcement officer of the Alabama Marine Police Division, said boat and aircraft searched throughout the night. Maj. Bannon said this was still a search and rescue mission.

"Conditions are survivable, and we have not given up hope that there are survivors," he said.

The Coast Guard Sector Mobile received the report at approximately 4:30 p.m. Saturday that the regatta was struck by severe weather causing multiple vessels to capsize and leaving multiple people on the water. The United States Coast Guard said 200 people were on 119 boats during the 57th annual iteration of the Dauphin Island Race.

Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier said one person died, but didn't offer any more information.

"It's been a very tragic day," said Michael Smith with the Buccaneer Yacht Club. "We've had a lot of breakage, missing people, fatalities."

Smith said the storm rolled in unexpectedly and suddenly and the winds were well over 60 knots.

"We got boats under the bridge that are up against the bridge. We've got boats on the bottom. We've got people missing. We've got confirmed… unfortunately not coming home,” he said.

Susan Kangal, who was in one of the boats on the water said it was the worst storm that she has seen, short of a hurricane.

"We were probably an inch from capsizing; everybody was ready to jump. I didn't have a life jacket on – I grabbed the horseshoe and put it around my neck and just held on," said Kangal.

It was "the closest to death I have ever come" she said.

FOX10 News is continuing to follow this story and will have more as it becomes available.

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