Coast Guard rescues 2 near Breezy Point, Md.

BALTIMORE – A Coast Guard crew rescued two people aboard a 19-foot motorboat that was taking on water while fishing near Breezy Point, Md., in the Chesapeake Bay, Sunday.

Rescued was Brenda Scott and Ricky White, from North Beach Md.

White contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 9:42 a.m. via marine-band radio reporting that their vessel was taking on water while fishing east of Breezy Point. Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Oxford, Md., Maryland Natural Resources Police and Calvert County Fire Rescue launched rescue boat crews to assist.

At approximately 10:32 a.m., the 27-foot Utility Boat crew from Station Oxford arrived on scene and began assisting the passengers. The Coast Guard crew transferred Scott onto the rescue boat while White remained aboard to continue dewatering the vessel. The vessel was reported to be taking on one gallon of water per minute.

The rescue crew put the vessel in tow and transported it to the Breezy Point Marina in Chesapeake Beach, Md.

There are no reports of injuries.

“Our new Rescue 21 system allowed us to narrow in our search area, which helped us to rescue these boaters more effectively,” said Bradley Stickles, a rescue coordinator at Sector Baltimore.

As the boating season starts, the Coast Guard urges mariners to check their distress signaling devices before going out on the water. It is important to check the expiration date of flares and to ensure that boaters have a working marine-band radio to contact rescuers in the event of a distress.

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