Coast Guard rescues 2 aground in Yeocomico River, Va.

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BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard rescued two people from a disabled and aground vessel in the Yeocomico River near Kinsale, Va., Friday.

Rescued were Timothy Sweet, 44, from Fredericksburg, Va., and Steve Schmieder, 44, from Chesapeake, Va.

Tracy Sweet contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 11:31 p.m. reporting that Sweet and Schmieder had gone out on a 27-foot sailboat and did not return before sunset as they had planned.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., was diverted to investigate, along with a rescue crew from Smith Point Sea Rescue. The RB-S arrived on scene at 1:05 a.m., transferred the passengers onto their vessel and took them to a nearby dock in Wilkins Creek, Va.

“Before you get underway, check the weather,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class James Walters, the coxswain from Station St. Inigoes involved in the rescue. “People will get underway and may think they have time before the weather changes, but weather can turn on a dime and catch people off guard. It’s important to have life jackets, flares and fire extinguishers to help yourself in a distress situation, but more importantly, you can keep out of that situation by knowing when to stay off the water.”

The Coast Guard urges mariners to outfit their boats with a functioning marine-band radios. Using channel 16 on a marine-band radio is the most reliable way to communicate a distress situation to search and rescue personnel in the event of an emergency while on the water.

There were no reports of injuries.

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