Coast Guard rescues 4 near Pooles Island Md.

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard rescued four people from a boat taking on water north of Pooles Island in Chestertown Md., Saturday.

Rescued was Ronald Freeman, 41, from Parkville, Md., and three of his friends.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a call from Freeman reporting that his 24-foot pleasure craft became disabled after hitting a submerged object. Due to strong winds the vessel began taking on water.

A 25-foot Response Boat-Small boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Stillpond, Md., launched and arrived on scene at approximately 5:30 p.m.

Once on scene, the rescue crew took the four passengers aboard and towed the vessel to the Great Oak Landing Marina in Chestertown.

There were no reports of injuries.

“It’s spring time and rivers are flowing, so you’re going to have debris in the water,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Dustin J. Lotz, a boatcrew member at Station Stillpond. “The people in distress had the necessary safety equipment on board which aided us in our rescue efforts.”

The Coast Guard urges mariners to take advantage of the free no-fault dockside exams offered by the Coast Guard Auxiliary to ensure that vessel operators have sufficient floatation devices, distress signaling devices and necessary safety equipment on board their boat.

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