Coast Guard Rescues Eight Boaters, One Policeman

 BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard and Aberdeen Proving Ground Police Department rescued eight people today, including a pregnant woman and a 10-month-old child, after the boat they were on ran aground near Spesutie Island, Md.

The owner of the boat contacted the Coast Guard on his cell phone late Tuesday night, and a boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., was launched but was unable to reach the boaters due to shallow water.

An HH-65C Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., was launched and arrived onscene at 3:02 a.m.

At 3:17 a.m. the helicopter crew began the first of three hoists. When complete, all eight people aboard were hoisted to safety and taken to the Aberdeen Proving Ground to awaiting medical personnel.

Additionally, the aircrew hoisted a member of the Aberdeen Proving Ground Police Department who had left his boat and stayed with the family during the rescue operation, but had difficulty returning to his boat.

The Coast Guard recommends all boaters wear lifejackets and maintain safety equipment such as flares, signal devices, EPIRBs and marine radios in the event of an emergency.

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