Coast Guard rescues 5 in Potomac River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard rescued five people that were stranded on a disabled vessel near St. George Island, Md., in the Potomac River Sunday.

Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders were notified by Thomas Farrell, the owner/operator of a 20-foot recreational boat, via marine-band radio at 7:10 a.m., reporting that he and four others were stranded on a disabled vessel.

A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., arrived on scene at 7:30 a.m., and towed the boat and crew to a marina on St. George Island.

There were no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard urges mariners to outfit their boat with a functioning marine-band radio, using channel 16 on a marine-band radio is the most reliable way to communicate a distress to search and rescue personnel in the event of an emergency while on the water.

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