Coast Guard medevacs boater near Ocean City, Maryland

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The Coast Guard transferred a 21-year-old female from a boat in Assateague Channel after she suffered a laceration to her knee when the boat went aground Thursday afternoon.

The boat’s operator called Coast Guard watchstanders at 4:36 p.m. and stated that he ran his 22-foot boat aground and that one of his passengers was injured.

A rescue boat crew from Station Ocean City arrived within 16 minutes of the call and transported the injured woman to emergency medical personnel waiting at the station.

“When you have an injured person on board, it’s always urgent,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Nicholas Fertal, the officer of the day at the station.

According to Fertal, the tide was ebbing out and the boat operator had gone outside of the marked channel.

“Talk to your local Coast Guard unit about shoaling in your area,” Fertal said. “They can also answer any questions that you have about channel markers and what they mean.”

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