Coast Guard medevacs man from sailboat in Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE – A Coast Guard crew medevaced a man from a sailboat in the Chesapeake Bay Saturday who was reportedly suffering from diabetic shock.

Rescued was Nicholas A. Miele, 61, from Clearfield, Pa.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a call via marine-band radio at 1:55 a.m. from a crewmember reporting that Miele was suffering from what appeared to be diabetic shock. Miele had been without his medication for two days. A 25-foot rescue boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., deployed to the scene. The Coast Guard rescue crew located the vessel one mile south of the Bay Bridge, and transported Miele back to the station, where he was met by local EMS.

Miele was taken to the Anne Arundel County Medical Center in Annapolis.

The Coast Guard encourages the use of marine-band radios as a way to quicly communicate an emergency to rescue personnel in the event of an emergency on the water. Marine-band radios are more reliable than cell phones due to the phones limited battery life and gaps in coverage.

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