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One body recovered after shrimp boat capsizes off Alabama coast

Christian Fernsby |
The body of one of the two people reported missing after a capsized shrimp boat in the Mobile Bay has been recovered.


The deceased victim was found about 1 p.m. Friday close to where the boat, “The Chief," a 50-foot boat went under after an accident off the coast of Ft. Morgan, officials said. The victim was found about 1.4 miles north of Fort Morgan Historical Park.

“The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family. The search for the second victim is still ongoing,” said Lt. Ryan Bennett.

The team has been looking for the two unnamed victims since daylight this morning. The captain of the vessel, Woody Jones of Bon Secour, was recovered from the Sand Island lighthouse by another shrimp boat. The accident occurred around 4 a.m., according to State Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Patrol.

A 45-foot patrol boat, a fixed-wing aircraft, patrol boats and a helicopter are in the area searching for the two missing people.

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