Station Crisfield and Maryland NRP rescue missing boaters in Pocomoke Sound

BALTIMORE – Coast Guard Station Crisfield, Md., and the Maryland Natural Resources Police rescued two overdue fishermen in the Pocomoke Sound at approximately 9:05 a.m., Tuesday.

Rescued were Lloyd Webb, 67, from Marion Station, and his brother Raymond Webb, 64, from Crisfield.

At approximately 9:00 a.m., a Good Samaritan contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders reporting that he had located a 24-foot fishing vessel that fit the description of an overdue vessel that was described in an urgent marine information broadcast issued by Sector Baltimore at 7:20 p.m., Monday, on marine-band radio channel 16.

Within minutes, a NRP marine unit, along with a Coast Guard boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Crisfield, arrived on scene and rescued Webb and his brother. NRP towed the vessel and brought the Webbs to a pier on Johnson Creek Rd., in Crisfield, where they were met by local EMS.

A member of Station Crisfield met with Webb and his brother afterward and learned that Webb had suffered an engine failure while fishing and did not have any means to contact rescuers.

The search for Webb began when Lloyd Webb, III, contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 7:20 p.m., Monday, reporting that his father and uncle did not return after fishing near Ape Hole Creek in the Pocomoke Sound.

Initial searches of the area resulted in no results and was called off through the night due to inclement weather and low visibility. The search resumed at first light Tuesday.

Assets involved in the search included: several boatcrews from Coast Guard Station Crisfield, an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., the Coast Guard Cutter Ibis, an 87-foot patrol boat based in Cape May, N.J., an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.,and an NRP rescue crew.

There were no reports of injuries.

“The rescue today was a success and we could not have been able to work so effectively without the strong partnership we have with the Coast Guard,” said Col. George F. Johnson, IV, superintendent of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

“I’m glad to be here,” said Lloyd Webb. “The weather turned bad and our boat’s battery died, we were worried for our lives and had a miserable night.”

Webb said that he was going to put a radio in his vessel so that next time he can contact the Coast Guard if he needed help as well as to become more familiar with the safety equipment that he had onboard. “We had flares but I didn’t know how to use them because I never had to worry about it till it was too late. Now I know what to do next time.”

The Coast Guard encourages mariners to file a float plan with a friend or relative. A float plan states where you are going and how many people are aboard your vessel, gives a complete vessel description, and details your destination and when you plan to return. It is also suggested that mariners carry emergency equipment such as flares, a marine-band radio and lifejackets onboard their boats in case of emergencies.

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