Coast Guard, Good Samaritans rescue 4 from West River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard along with Good Samaritans and state and local agencies rescued four people after their boat capsized in the West River, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watch standers received a distress call via marine-band radio from a Good Samaritan reporting a capsized vessel with several people and a dog clinging to the hull in the mouth of the West River.

A 25-foot rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., along with crews from Maryland Natural Resources Police, Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue and several Good Samaritans assisted in the rescue of three adults, one child and a dog.

The Coast Guard, Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue, and NRP arrived on scene at 10:43 p.m., finding one person clinging to the hull of the capsized vessel. The Coast Guard rescue crew pulled the remaining person from the water. Once aboard, the person confirmed that two different Good Samaritans had already picked up the other three people and the dog.

All four people rescued were taken to the Back Yard Boats Marina in Shady Side, Md.

There were no reports of injuries.

“The Coast Guard recognizes those Good Samaritans who help out when people are in trouble,” said Capt. Mark O’Malley the commanding officer of Sector Baltimore. “This case we had the efforts of several Good Samaritans and local agencies. It’s that cooperation and commitment to helping people that allows us to save lives.”

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