UPDATE: News Five has learned that the Coast Guard has found the missing teen safe and sound.
The young man has been identified by the USCG as 17-year-old Parker Morgan. Officials say he was visiting from Louisiana. He left Point Clear on a jet ski sometime Tuesday afternoon. A USCG official says they first got the word that this person could be in trouble shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday evening.
Command Duty Officer Rebecca Fuller-Morris says they began broadcasting an alert for people on the water on a loop overnight. Fuller-Morris says the Coast Guard was contacted by someone on board a passing commercial vessel who said they heard the broadcast and saw a young man with a life jacket on Little Sand Island. The Coast Guard made contact with the young man and it turns it out was their missing person. He was found at about 6:30 Wednesday morning.
Fuller-Morris says Morgan was responsive and not injured just fairly tired. The Coast Guard says Morgan’s jet ski broke down at some point Tuesday and the current kept pushing his vessel westward until he finally landed on that island. It’s not clear when Morgan got to Little Sand Island. Fuller-Morris said they haven’t been finished talking to the young man about what happened.
Mobile, AL (WKRG) – News 5 has learned the Coast Guard is looking for a missing teenager.
The 17-year-old boy was last seen on his jet ski Tuesday evening.
According to Coast Guard officials, the teen left Point Clear and was last seen in water around Interstate 10 north where he launched from.
At some point, his jet ski became disabled.
News Five’s Chad Petri is headed to the scene.
As soon as we learn more information, we’ll pass it along to you here and on our WKRG Facebook page.