Coast Guard rescues 3 people from capsized vessel in the Patapsco River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard rescued three people from a capsized vessel Thursday at the mouth of the Patapsco River in Baltimore.

Rescued were William Malle, Dawayne Smith and Robert Engelhart.

At about 7:30 p.m., Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., diverted a 41-foot rescue boat crew after being notified by the Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) that three people were clinging to the hull of an 18-foot runabout that had capsized. The rescue boat crew arrived on scene within 25 minutes of initial notification to find two people in the water. One of the three men had been picked-up by the United, a Good Samaritan vessel. The rescue boat crew rescued the two men in the water and retrieved the third man from the United.

All three men were wearing life jackets.

A NRP boat arrived on scene and all three men were transferred to the NRP boat and taken to Geisler Point on the Bodkin Creek in Pasadena, Md., where they were met by local EMS.

Local salvage has been contacted to salvage the boat.

The Coast Guard encourages boaters to always wear life jackets when on the water, check their local weather and file a detailed float plan with their friends, family or local marina before beginning a voyage. A detailed float plan should include the number of people onboard, planned destination and estimated time of return.

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