2 People Airlifted Off Fishing Boat After Stabbing in the Gulf

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG)

UPDATE (12:55 p.m. August 21st.) The Coast Guard confirms one person has been detained.


UPDATE(11:18 a.m.) – According to an emailed press release from the United States Coast Guard, the incident happened 40 miles south of Pensacola, Florida, Sunday.

Coast Guard Mobile received a call that two crew-members were stabbed by a third crew-member on a fishing vessel Billy B.

The two crew-members were brought on board of a rescue boat. A helicopter crew arrived on the scene at 9:49 p.m. and hoisted the men and transferred them to Pensacola Baptist Hospital.

One crew member is in stable condition and the other is in critical condition.


UPDATE(10:14 am)–  Radio transmissions from the U.S. Coast shed new light into the incident that now appears to have occurred 45 miles south of Perdido Pass Sunday night.

The first message is sent with a high level of urgency, called a Pan-Pan (Pay Attention Now), to vessels in the area to lend any assistance they can:

In the next message, the Coast Guard is attempting to verify the information they had received in a previous transmission:


ORIGINAL STORY:  Two people were airlifted from a fishing vessel Monday morning after a stabbing in the Gulf of Mexico, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The boat was only a few miles south of the Perdido Pass in Orange Beach, Ala., when the incident occurred.

At this time, the condition of the two patients is unknown. The Coast Guard did not provide any other details about the stabbing other than two people were airlifted from the boat with stab wounds.

One person has been detained and the vessel is being towed into Orange Beach and is visible on the News 5 Orange Beach tower camera.

News Five is working to gather more information about the incident and will post an update when available.

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