Coast Guard rescues 4 in Pocomoke Sound

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard rescued four people today in the Pocomoke Sound after searching through the night.

Rescued were Ivan Corcos, 49, Hannah Corcos, 15, Luke Corcos, 16, and Emily Kim, 15, all from Saxis, Va.

The Corcos family and Kim departed at 3:30 p.m. Saturday and were expected to return no later than 5:30 p.m. according to a reporting source. At 9:30 p.m., a call to the Coast Guard sparked a coordinated search and rescue effort between Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Md., Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Virginia Department of Natural Resources.

Approximately 11 hours later, the helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City spotted the four people aboard their 16-foot sailboat at about 8 a.m. The winds from Saturday’s storm pushed them soft aground and they were stuck. The shallow water they were in made it impossible for any rescue boats to get to their location. The four were hoisted aboard the rescue helicopter and flown to Crisfield Airport where they were met by local emergency medical personnel and released.

No injuries were reported.

“Unfortunately they did not have anyway to signal for help,” said Lt. j.g. Shannon Frobel, search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore. “Had they had a flare gun or a radio to call us, we could have potentially got to them much faster,” she said.

The Coast Guard urges all mariners to carry signaling devices aboard their vessels such as flares, marine band radios and emergency position radio indication beacons (EPIRB). In the event of an emergency on the water, having signaling devices could improve rescuers response time and your chances of survival.

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