By: mobal , 10:43 PM GMT on July 10, 2011
8 months pregnant women lost on canoe trip....
The Mobile County Sheriff’s Flotilla, the Alabama Marine Police and the U.S. Coast Guard were asked late Saturday evening to search for two missing people on the Escatawpa River, according to a news release.
Rescuers located the couple 1.9 miles north of U.S. 98 early this morning, according to the Sheriff's Office release. The river in that area was almost dried up, the release states, so deputies and flotilla were able to walk into the area where the couple was located.
The United States Coast Guard helicopter flew out the wife, who is 8 months pregnant, the release states, and she was taken to an area hospital.
A Coast Guard news release this afternoon identified the rescued woman as 23-year-old Tessa Simms.
According to the Coast Guard release, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report at approximately 11:30 p.m., that a female, her husband and another friend had become lost. Simms was eight months pregnant and had not had anything to drink or eat for approximately 12 hours, the release states.
Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans launched an MH-65C helicopter and crew to the scene at approximately midnight. After searching for 40 minutes, the crew located the missing people who used a flashlight to signal the helicopter. The crew successfully hoisted Simms off the river bank and transported her to awaiting emergency medical services at Mobile Downtown Airport, according to the Coast Guard news release.
"Before people venture out on hikes and boating trips in remote areas, they must be well prepared and bring both a communication and signaling device," said Lt. Ken Rockhold, safety officer of Air Station New Orleans. "Fortunately, these people had both, and it allowed for an expedient and efficient rescue."
Simms' condition was not available.
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