Coast Guard rescues 5 off Maryland coast

EASTERN SHORE, Md. – The Coast Guard rescued five people Friday after the 56-foot sport fishing boat they were on began taking on water 70 miles east of Ocean City, Md.

The Coast Guard received a call at 5:23 p.m. reporting the fishing boat Hot Catch with five adults and four children aboard was taking on water and in need of Coast Guard assistance.

An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City and an HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., headed toward the Hot Catch’s location.

Both aircrews arrived on scene, and the Jayhawk helicopter crew hoisted four children and one adult into their helicopter.

The rescued were transported to Cape May County Airport in New Jersey and picked up by family members.

The Hot Catch’s flooding was under control and the four remaining passengers arrived at the Canyon Club Marina in Cape May, N.J., aboard their boat.

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