Coast Guard responds to disabled vessel in Patapsco River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard responded to a call to help a disabled vessel in the Patapsco River late Thursday.

Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders received a call from a 911 dispatch at 10:30 p.m. reporting that a 15-foot john boat was disabled with two people aboard. A 25-foot response boat crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md., deployed to begin searching for the vessel. At about 11:20 p.m. the vessel was located with both men aboard about 1/2 mile from the BGE power plant downriver from the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

The Coast Guard crew towed the vessel to Stoney Creek where they conducted a post search-and-rescue boarding. During the boarding, it was noted that the men aboard the vessel were without life jackets and signaling devices.

“Lack of preparation can possibly end in serious injuries or even death,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class David Carrier, officer of the day at Station Curtis Bay. “We urge all boaters to wear their life jackets while on the water and to have signaling devices such as flares. These small steps could prevent a death in the event of an emergency,” he said.

There were no injuries reported.

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