Mobile, Ala. (WKRG) — Today marks four years since the Dauphin Island Regatta disaster. On April 25th, 2015 strong storms swooped into Mobile Bay, killing six people among dozens who were still on the water during the race.
The United States Coast Guard was one of the primary agencies conducting search and rescue after the disaster. They also spent months looking into what happened.
That work culminated in the recent release of a Coast Guard report reviewing what went wrong and what could be done better in the future to help prevent loss of life on the water.
Six people died in the disaster, eight boats were destroyed and 40 people had to be rescued in the water. The report cites the weather, a general over-confidence of participants and a lack of safety gear on some vessels as factors that directly contributed to the disaster.
The report recommended all race participants wear life jackets, all skippers have easy access to VHF radios for any important updates in real time and require all boats to submit an updated crew list at least a half hour before the race starts.