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Coast Guard identifies missing boater

Rescue teams search a vessel on Gulfport's beachfront (Photo Source: WLOX News Now) Rescue teams search a vessel on Gulfport's beachfront (Photo Source: WLOX News Now)
Kevin Anderson (Photo source: Facebook) Kevin Anderson (Photo source: Facebook)
GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) -

U.S. Coast Guard and Mississippi Department of Marine Resources rescue boats are searching the waters south of Gulfport for Kevin Anderson. The search is now concentrating around an area near West Ship Island.

According to the Coast Guard, Anderson was the captain of a 17-foot boat that ran aground on the beach near 15th St. Its engine was running, you could hear music playing through on board speakers, and its owner was not around. That’s why rescue teams are investigating.

Rescue teams spotted the vessel just before 7 a.m. About 45 minutes later, they launched three boats to begin a water search. Since then, four other boats and two helicopters have joined in the search.

Video from the scene shows the boat sitting parallel to the shoreline. A marine patrol officer was on board, searching for any clues to help figure out why the boat is there. 

Family members tell us Anderson fishes in the sound every Monday. This time, he was alone.

A marine patrol officer found medication aboard the boat, and family members said Anderson is prone to seizures. Officials do not know if Anderson was wearing a life jacket when he went missing.

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