Shrimp boat capsizes in Mobile Bay

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MOBILE, Ala. (WTOK)- UPDATE: One of the missing victims was recovered this afternoon around 1 P.M. Dive team members from Fort Morgan VFD, Bon Secours VFD, Daphne Search and Rescue, and Orange Beach Fire/Rescue located the victim nearby the boat, around 1.4 miles away. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of the family. The search for the second victim is still ongoing.

Two shrimpers are missing after their boat capsized in Mobile Bay off Ft. Morgan Friday morning.

State troopers with ALEA's Marine Patrol Division have been searching for the victims since daylight.

A 50 foot shrimp boat named “The Chief” capsized around 4:00 a.m. this morning. The captain of the vessel, Mr. Woody Jones of Bon Secour, was recovered at the Sand Island lighthouse by another shrimp boat and crew.

The other two crew members are missing. Their names are not being released yet. The USCG is searching the area with a 45 foot patrol boat, a fixed wing aircraft, and a helicopter along with patrol boats from ALEA’s Marine Patrol and the Alabama Marine Resources Division.

Fort Morgan Volunteer Fire Department, Bon Secour Volunteer Fire Department, Daphne Search and Rescue, and Orange Beach Fire/Rescue are also searching the area and providing divers to clear the hull of the capsized vessel.