Coast Guard, Navy rescue two from grounded vessel

BALTIMORE (D5 Public Affairs) – Coast Guard and Navy crews teamed up to rescue two people from a grounded sailboat vessel in the Potomac River today.

Rescued were Wayne Holdsworth and Donna Stump.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report from a Good Samaritan that a 30-foot sailing vessel had gone aground in the Potomac River near Point Lookout.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes launched and an urgent marine information broadcast (UMIB) was issued. Naval Air Station Patuxent River responded to the UMIB and launched an H-3 Sea King helicopter crew. The crew hoisted Hodsworth and Stump and transported them to Point Lookout Beach.

The Coast Guard boat crew conducted a survivor debrief and confirmed there are no medical concerns.

Holdsworth and Stump had been aground since 7 a.m., due to problems with the vessels radio they could not contact help.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always wear their lifejackets on the water, carry signaling devices aboard their vessels such as flares, marine band radios and emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRB) and to file a detailed float plan with their friends, family or local marina. A float plan should include the destination, number of people aboard and an estimated time of return.

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