Coast Guard, Good Samaritan, Baltimore City Fire Department rescue man in Patapsco River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard, a Good Samaritan and Baltimore City Fire Department rescued an injured man from a boat near the mouth of Ferry Bar in the Patapsco River in Baltimore Tuesday afternoon.

Rescued was John Brain, 70, of Baltimore.

The tug Sweet Pea contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders via marine-band radio at approximately 3 p.m. reporting an injured man from hitting his head against the boom aboard his 14-foot sailboat. The crew of the Sweet Pea administered some first aid and remained on scene until the Coast Guard arrived.

A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., and a Baltimore City Fire Department boat crew were dispatched. The response boat crew arrived on scene at approximately 3:30 p.m. and removed Brain from his boat. The Coast Guard crew later transferred Brain to the Baltimore City Fire Department boat to be taken to Harbor Hospital. The Coast Guard crew then took the sailboat in tow and returned it to the pier where Brain had earlier departed.

“The Coast Guard received a call from the tug Sweet Pea,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Sergio Calderon, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector Baltimore. “We issued an urgent marine-information broadcast, dispatched Station Curtis Bay and contacted Baltimore City Fire Department.”

“We worked with Baltimore City Fire Department,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Alan Seitz, a coxswain at Station Curtis Bay. “Together we were able to get Brain and his boat to the pier safely. Training experience made this evolution successful.”

Brain refused medical attention and was released at the pier near the hospital.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to outfit their boat with a functioning marine-band radio. Using channel 16 on a marine-band radio is the most reliable way to communicate a distress to search and rescue personnel in the event of an emergency while on the water.

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