Coast Guard rescues man stranded on Horn Island

By WLOX Staff

MOBILE, AL (WLOX) - The Coast Guard rescued a man early Thursday morning who was stranded on Horn Island.

Melissa Cumberland called the Gulfport Coast Guard station just after midnight to report that her husband was missing. She said Thomas Cumberland had gone fishing in an 18-foot boat, but had not yet returned to the Popp's Ferry Bridge boat launch on Biloxi's Back Bay.

Around 3am, a Coast Guard helicopter crew spotted a signal fire Cumberland had started.

"The fire Cumberland started helped us find him. As soon as we got into the search area we saw a flickering light through the night vision goggles about three to five miles away," said Petty Officer 3rd Class Caleb Flippin, an aviation survival technician stationed at Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans.

Cumberland was taken to Gulfport International Airport where he was met by his wife.

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