Coast Guard medevacs injured man

BALTIMORE – A Coast Guard crew from Station Annapolis, Md., medevaced an injured man following a boating accident near Thomas Point Lighthouse Sunday.

Injured was Jesse Lee Rhode, 45, from Upper Marlboro, Md.

At about 1:30 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders were notified via marine band radio by a person aboard the Tiger Stripe, a 40-foot pleasure craft, reporting that they were involved in an accident with a 19-foot pleasure craft in the vicinity of Thomas Point Lighthouse in the Chesapeake Bay. Approximately 10 minutes later, a 25-foot response boat crew from Station Annapolis was on scene and medevaced Rhode back to the station where he was met by local emergency medical personnel.

A Maryland State Police helicopter crew landed at the station and transported Rhode to Baltimore Shock Trauma with injuries to his arm and hand.

Maryland Natural Resource Police has the lead in the investigation.

The Coast Guard encourages the use of marine band radios as a way to quickly and effectively call for help if an emergency situation should arise while on the water. By improving your communication capabilities with rescuers, your chances of getting the assistance you need in a timely manner is greatly improved.

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