Coast Guard rescues 3 in Hooper Strait

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard rescued three people in the Hooper Strait near Wingate, Md., Saturday.

Rescued were Tom Elliot, 72, Lester Simpson, 67, and William Mallery, 71, all residents of Salisbury, N.C.

Elliot called Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders via marine-band radio at approximately 11 p.m., reporting that the Moongate, a 28-foot sailboat, had run soft aground and was taking on water in the Hooper Strait near Wingate.

A 41-foot utility boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Md., along with a helicopter crew from Maryland State Police, responded to the distress call. The helicopter crew arrived on scene and hovered over the Moongate until the Coast Guard rescue crew arrived at midnight. Once on scene, the rescue boatcrew removed all three passengers and transported them to Station Crisfield where they were met by emergency medical service personnel.

A diabetic passenger was reported to be dehydrated due to seasickness.

The vessel is currently anchored and will be salvaged by the owner.

“In this case, instead of waiting for a helicopter crew from a Coast Guard air station, we had Maryland State Police in the local area ready to help,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Kalum T. Riedesel, a coxswain from Station Crisfield. “Having the state agencies available to help us search for and rescue people, allows us to combine our efforts in getting people to safety.”

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