SHIP ISLAND, MS (WLOX) - The search continues this morning for three missing fishermen from a Moss Point fishing boat. U.S. Coast Guard officials tell us search and rescue efforts are underway right now by boat and air.
Around 8:45 Wednesday night, the Eurus London, a 660-foot commercial cargo boat, and the 163-foot Moss Point boat, Sandy Point, collided about eight miles south of Gulfport between Cat Island and Ship Island.
The Sandy Point sank following the collision, sending the 16 people aboard into the Gulf. Some good Samaritans from the Frosty Morn shipping vessel picked up 11 of those people. The two other crew members swam to the Eurus London on their own.
All 13 crew members have been accounted for and released from Coast Guard Station Gulfport.
Multiple Coast Guard crews from across our region are out searching for the missing people right now using rescue helicopters, aircrafts and boats.
"We will have the Department of Mississippi Marine Resources here, and we will be able to talk about the plans to put divers down, potentially, if we need to. Maybe salvage the vessel," said Captain Don Rose with the U.S. Coast Guard said.
"Get a better idea of how to deal with the sunken fishing vessel, which is now very near the ship channel. We also have a bit of a pollution with a lot of diesel fuel on scene, and a lot of debris and nets that are in the channel. And of course continuing the search for the three fishermen."
Officials say the sunken vessel does have oil or fuel leaking into the water. WLOX News has confirmed that Oil Recovery Company, Inc. out of Mobile has been dispatched to the scene, and will be deploying yellow boom around the scene to contain and collect any oil in the water.
WLOX News is closely following this search and will let you know any updates as soon as information becomes available.