- Associated Press - Sunday, March 20, 2016

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi authorities say they had to rescue four boaters after accidents about a half-hour apart. They’re asking people to pay attention to the weather and small craft warnings.

Department of Marine Resources spokeswoman Melissa Scallan said two 15-year-olds were rescued after their catamaran overturned Saturday near Ocean Springs. The teens tried to right the boat but got worn out,

About a half-hour later, while a crew was still working on the first rescue, the agency learned that kayakers had overturned near Long Beach, The Mississippi Press (https://bit.ly/1WACchZ) reported.

Scallan told the Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1pV4WYb) that Deanna Purvis-Leasure, 43, was treading water after her kayak sank more than a mile from shore, and Michael Evans, 37, was found clinging to a kayak three miles from the beach.

Scallan said the teens were wearing life vests, but the adult kayakers were not.



Both adults told rescuers they weren’t sure they could have held out much longer, a news release said.

“Three miles out is far,” Scallan said, and waves kicked up by the wind had pushed him so far.

A third kayaker, James Marion, 37, had paddled to shore and called authorities.

A small craft advisory was in effect both Saturday and Sunday.

DMR Patrol Chief Keith Davis said in a statement Saturday that checking the weather is paramount before going out on the water.

“We saved these people, but we want to warn everyone to use caution when there are warnings issued,” the department’s patrol chief, Keith Davis, said in a statement Saturday. “Even though the beaches may seem calm, the water can be rough. We also want to remind everyone of the importance of wearing life jackets whenever they are on the water.”

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