Coast Guard rescue turns into a medevac in Chesapeake Bay

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard medevaced a man today after initially responding to a call for a boat taking on water in the Chesapeake Bay.

Rescued was Tony Moliner.

At about 6 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received notification from the crew of The Bella, a 55-foot fishing vessel, that the Danna Elizabeth, a 40-foot fishing vessel they had in tow, was taking on water near Hart Miller Island in the Chesapeake Bay. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., launched a 25-foot response boat to the scene.

Before rescue crews could arrive, Moliner and another person abandoned the Danna Elizabeth for a life raft. Upon arriving, the Coast Guard rescue crew was attempting to transfer Moliner and the other person to The Bella when Moliner reportedly suffered from a seizure. The boatcrew took Moliner to the Easter Yacht Club where he was met by local EMS and taken to Franklin Square Hospital in Baltimore.

“This case shows how quickly things can go from bad to worse,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeremy Taylor, a search and rescue watchstander at Sector Baltimore. “The fact that our trained crews were on scene and could quickly take action aided in getting Mr. Moliner the medical attention he needed with no delay.”

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