Coast Guard rescues 1 in Potomac River

BALTIMORE – Coast Guard rescued one person from an aground sailboat in the Potomac River Monday.

Rescued was James Hayes.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a report from Virgina Marine Police at 4:05 p.m., reporting that the Del Phineus, a 33-foot sailing vessell, had run aground in the Potomac River near Colonial Beach, Va.

Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., dispatched a 25-foot response boat crew.

The boat crew arrived on scene at 4:55 p.m., and removed Hayes from the vessel due to the onset of inclement weather. The boat crew conducted a post search and rescue boarding and confirmed there were no medical concerns. The boat crew transferred Hayes to the Stanford Munro Bay Marina in Colonial Beach, where Hayes will arrange for salvage.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to always wear their lifejackets on the water, equip vessels with marine-band radios and carry signaling devices onboard their vessels such as flares and emergency position indicating radio beacons.

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