Coast Guard, life jacket saves jet skier in Ocean City Inlet, Md.

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued a man who fell off and became separated from his jet ski in Ocean City Inlet, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Ocean City were contacted by 911 dispatch at 5:07 p.m. and notified that a man reported, via cell phone, that he fell off of his jet ski and was unable to swim back to it.

Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region deployed a 24-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Station Ocean City to respond.

Once on scene, the crew located and rescued the man approximately 100 yards from his jet ski. He was wearing his life jacket and had no reported injuries.

“We constantly urge people to wear their life jacket and have a communication device handy — this is a prime example of how they can save your life,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Maffioli, boat crew member during the case. “The guy said he was in the water for 30 minutes, which is a long time to have to tread water. If his life jacket was tucked under the seat and not on his body, there probably would have been a different more tragic outcome.

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