Friday, June 17, 2005

Coast Guard Rescues Man from Alligator Infested Swamp

PASCAGOULA, Miss. - The Coast Guard and the Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol rescued a man Thursday at about 8 p.m. who was operating a jet ski that became disabled and adrift in Colesan Bayou, Miss. The father of the man called the Coast Guard to report that his 36-year-old son went out for a ride on a jet ski and failed to return. A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Pascagoula and a Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol rescue plane began searching. The Mississippi Wing Civil Air Patrol rescue plane spotted the man on his jet ski in Colesan Bayou and relayed the position to the rescue boat crew. The rescue crew, operating a 23-foot boat, drove to the position and rescued the man who had spent nearly three-hours sitting atop his powerless jet ski. "There were alligators everywhere," said Petty Officer Justin Lee the rescue boat driver. "He did the right thing by staying on his jet ski and I'm glad we were able to find him." The Civil Air Patrol (CAP) is the official civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force. For More information Please visit ###

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