5 missing after storm strikes regatta in Mobile Bay, Alabama – CNN

(CNN)At least five people were missing after a severe storm Saturday afternoon capsized sailboats in Mobile Bay, Alabama, during a regatta, said Coast Guard spokesman Carlos Vega.

More than 100 sailboats took part in the Dauphin Island Race and as many as 50 people were rescued from the water, the Coast Guard said.

Jeff Carter, deputy director of Mobile County Emergency Management, said his department is reporting that a fatality may have occurred. Besides overturned sailboats, one vessel hit a bridge, he said.

The Coast Guard and other agencies were on the scene Saturday night, Vega said.

The Fairhope Yacht Club sponsors the Dauphin Island Race, according to the club website. The club says this is the 57th year for the event.

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