Hunters Aid Shrimpers

Hurricane hunters from Keesler Air Force Base recently used their searching skills to help a stranded shrimp boat off the coast of Texas. Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron had finished a six-hour monitoring mission on Tropical Storm Faye Friday when they heard a call from the Coast Guard asking for help in locating a shrimp boat.

The mission's navigator, Lieutenant Colonel Lamart Buggage, says rain and wind made visibility difficult, but after about 30 minutes, the hunters spotted the boat adrift on choppy waves. The hurricane hunters were unable to contact the shrimp boat directly so they gave the coordinates of the vessel to the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard brought the crew of the Rocky Tan to safety.