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Coast Guard searches for 4 people missing in Alabama waters after sailboats capsize in storm

  • Well-wishers congratulate regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., in blue shirt, on word that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found several hours after their boat capsized in a storm Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Coast Guard says five people are missing after several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Kittrell, AL.com)

    Well-wishers congratulate regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., in blue shirt, on word that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found several hours after their boat capsized in a storm Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Coast Guard says five people are missing after several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Kittrell, AL.com)  (The Associated Press)

  • "We knew we were totally lost at sea," said regatta participant Rhonda Morgan Gilreath, right, shown with her boyfriend Randy Rutledge of Rome Ga., Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The couple spent some two hours in the water after their sailboat capsized in a storm near the finish of the race. The Coast Guard says five people are missing after several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Kittrell, AL.com)

    "We knew we were totally lost at sea," said regatta participant Rhonda Morgan Gilreath, right, shown with her boyfriend Randy Rutledge of Rome Ga., Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The couple spent some two hours in the water after their sailboat capsized in a storm near the finish of the race. The Coast Guard says five people are missing after several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay Saturday. (AP Photo/Mike Kittrell, AL.com)  (The Associated Press)

  • Dauphin Island Regatta sailors gather near their docked sailboats Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. Coast Guard officials said they responded to a report of multiple capsized vessels around 4:30 p.m. Five people are missing after several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay Saturday according to the Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Mike Kittrell, AL.com)

    Dauphin Island Regatta sailors gather near their docked sailboats Saturday, April 25, 2015, in Dauphin Island, Ala. Coast Guard officials said they responded to a report of multiple capsized vessels around 4:30 p.m. Five people are missing after several sailboats participating in a regatta capsized during a storm in Mobile Bay Saturday according to the Coast Guard. (AP Photo/Mike Kittrell, AL.com)  (The Associated Press)

Coast Guard officials say crews are continuing their search for at least four people missing in the water after a powerful storm capsized several sailboats participating in a regatta near Mobile Bay, Alabama.

Petty officer Carlos Vega says the storm rolled through the area about 4 p.m. Saturday and a man was plucked from the waters by the Coast Guard around 9 p.m. He said crews would search through Sunday morning, when they would reassess their strategy.

Vega said the Coast Guard also has established a temporary public information line in order to determine whether any additional people are missing. Anyone with information is asked to call 251-441-6602 or 251-441-6920.

More than 100 sailboats and as many as 200 people were participating in the Dauphin Island regatta in Mobile Bay. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier told Al.com (http://bit.ly/1GvR7pi) that at least one person was confirmed dead, but he did not know the cause.