An unexpected storm capsized several sailboats during the Dauphin Island regatta in Mobile Bay, Alabama. More than 100 boats and 200 people were participating in the regatta.
More than 40 people have been rescued, the Coast Guard said today. Good Samaritans and local authorities have assisted in the rescue efforts, according to ABC News.
One body was found Saturday night and the second body was found Sunday morning, according to the state’s Department of Public Safety. Neither has been identified.
Rescuers are still searching for five people believed to be missing, but not all were regatta participants.
Sourcelink comments suggest that severe storms can appear unexpectedly along the Gulf Coast – right out of a clear blue sky, making prediction very difficult. Sailors must be prepared at all times for such an occurrence.
Another commenter suggested that only a rogue wave along with a storm could cause that much damage.