Coast Guard rescues 2 from capsized boat near St. George Island, Md.

5th Coast Guard District News
BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued two men Friday after the boaters’ 22-foot boat capsized approximately 200 yards off St. George Island.

St. Mary’s County 911 dispatch contacted watchstanders at Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes at approximately 1:30 p.m. to request assistance.

Station watchstanders diverted a 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew who was training in the area.

The bow of the 22-foot boat that capsized and sank with two men aboard approximately 200 yards off St. George Island, Md., Friday Dec. 13, 2013. A Coast Guard crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat Small from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes Md., diverted to the scene and rescued the two men. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Murray

The bow of the 22-foot boat that capsized and sank with two men aboard approximately 200 yards off St. George Island, Md., Friday Dec. 13, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Charles Murray

The RBS crew arrived on scene approximately 10 minutes later and discovered the two men standing on the hull of their boat.

“As we were transiting, one of my crewmembers spotted an unfamiliar object sticking out of the water and moving in the distance,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Jozan, the coxswain aboard the RBS. “Once we got closer, we noticed it was the bow of the boat sticking out of the water with two people standing on top waving their arms. I was glad to see they stayed with the vessel because it presented us with a larger target, making it easier to locate them. We made it there just in time to pull alongside and get them off before the boat completely went under. Had they gone in the water, they could have been subject to hyperthermia, so my main concern was to get them onto our boat before that happened.”

The RBS crew took the two boaters aboard and transferred them to awaiting EMS at St. George Island boat ramp.

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