Boater injured after yacht, towing vessel collide in Mississippi

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(NEW ORLEANS) — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three boaters Wednesday after a vessel collision near Bay St. Louis, Miss.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile watch standers received a report Wednesday of a 53-foot yacht and a towing vessel with two barges that were involved in a collision. Sector Mobile watch standers coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Station Gulfport 45-foot response boat-medium crew to assist.

The response crew arrived on scene, safely embarked the three boaters from the yacht and transported them to Bay St. Louis.

One of the boaters was reported to have sustained injuries during the collision and was in critical condition. The boater was transported by emergency medical services personnel to a higher level of medical care.

The other two boaters were last reported in stable condition.

The towing vessel reported no injuries, pollution or damage.

– U.S. Coast Guard

By Rich Miller