Coast Guard Rescues 2 people and 1 dog in the Elk River

BALTIMORE -The Coast Guard rescued 2 people and 1 dog Sunday in the Elk River near the mouth of the Bohemia River after both people fell off their raft.

Rescued were Cynthia Davis, 54, and Earl Jones, 59, both from Arbutus, Md.

The Duty, a commercial tug, notified Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders via VHF radio reporting that people holding onto a life raft were yelling for help.

Coast Guard Station Stillpond, Md., launched a 25-foot response boat crew and arrived on scene to find two people in the water clinging onto the side of their life raft not wearing life jackets. Davis and Jones were transferred into the rescue boat and then transported to Harbor North Marina in Chesapeake City, Md., where they were met by Cecil County EMS.

“Based on the tug Duty’s report, we were able to save the lives of two people and a dog,” said Wayne A. Lake, a watchstander from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. “We were able to locate them immediately based on the location given to us by the tug.”

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to always wear life jackets when on the water, and to always carry marine band radios onboard their vessels. In the event of an emergency, a marine band radio is a reliable way to communicate with other vessels or rescuers.

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