The Coast Guard and other agencies first began receiving reports that the strong storms capsized boats and scattered its passengers in the bay around 4:30pm.

The Coast Guard and other agencies first began receiving reports that the strong storms capsized boats and scattered its passengers in the bay around 4:30pm.

According to media reports Sunday, the U.S. Coast Guard, Alabama Marine Resources, Alabama Marine Patrol and Mobile County Sheriff’s Department will continue to search for at least five mariners throughout Sunday night with both surface and air crews.

Earlier today, Capt. Duke Walker, Commander, Coast Guard Sector Mobile said there have been two confirmed fatalities. The multi-agency responders also confirmed the rescue of nearly 40 people from the bay Saturday. The victims included regatta members as well as other mariners in the water. They said there were 10 vessels in distress in all, three from the regatta, the rest were the other mariners.

“In a combined effort, multi-agency responders have covered more than 2,500 square miles searching for survivors and we will continue to do so tonight,” said Walker. “We are grateful for the continued assistance of state, local, agencies and Good Samaritans who helped individuals in distress. Because of these combined efforts, over 40 people were rescued throughout this case.”

The Coast Guard stressed to boaters the importance of wearing live preservers when they are out on the water.

Coast Guard officials asked the public to call 251-441-6290 if they have any information on the incident.

Major Steve Thompson with Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Marine Police said they have several units assisting the Coast Guard with the search and rescue mission.

“Our guys have worked long and hard, and we rescued so many people,” he said.

Officials said they have been keeping Governor Robert Bentley and Alabama’s Secretary of Law Enforcement and Homeland Security Spencer Collier up to date on developments.

Coast Guard officials said they would not comment on any investigation at this time.

Search and rescue efforts are resuming for five missing boaters after a strong thunderstorm caused chaos for sailboats taking part in the annual Dauphin Island Regatta. (WKRG Photo)

Search and rescue efforts are resuming for five missing boaters after a strong thunderstorm caused chaos for sailboats taking part in the annual Dauphin Island Regatta. (WKRG Photo)