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Boaters Missing After Storm Strikes Regatta in Mobile Bay

At least one boater was dead and four others were missing after a storm plowed into a regatta late Saturday afternoon on Mobile Bay, Alabama.

Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier confirmed the death to, the website reported.

One boater was rescued Saturday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said in a news release.

The Coast Guard was called to the bay around 4:30 p.m. Saturday when the storm hit boaters in the 57th Dauphin Island Race, sponsored by the Fairhope Yacht Club. Almost 120 boats were scheduled to be in the race, according to the club's website.

Dauphin Island clocked a 57 mph wind gust at the time of the boating incident, according to Mesonet.

"These stronger winds could have attributed to greater chop on the water, which is unfavorable to boaters," Meteorologist Brian Lada said. "There may be a shower or thunderstorm on Sunday but they are not expected to bring any winds like Saturday's."

Several boaters were plucked from the waters by Good Samaritans and rescuers, officials told WKRG-TV in Mobile.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile said it sent multiple boats and helicopters, including from the nearby Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island, to the scene.