Coast Guard medevacs woman from sailboat in Tangier Sound

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard medevaced a woman suffering from possible heat exposure today in the Tangier Sound near Smith Island, Md.

At about 2:25 today, a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Md., launched to locate and rescue Mary John, 75, from Salisbury, Md., after reports indicated that she was slipping in and out of consciousness aboard the sailboat she was on with her husband, George John. Approximately eleven minutes later, Mary was embarked aboard the rescue crew’s 25-foot response boat and taken back to shore where she was met by local EMS personnel and taken to McCready Hospital in Crisfield.

“To be safe on the water, boaters should always check the local weather before departing for the day,” said Petty Officer 1st Class David Race, officer of the day at Station Crisfield. “Checking the weather will help you decide if it is safe to go out or what sort of supplies you might need to take with you,” he said. “A hot sunny day can be as dangerous as a stormy day on the water,” said Race.

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