Coast Guard rescues boater near Annapolis, Md.

5th Coast Guard District NewsBALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued a man from a capsized sailing vessel in the Severn River around Annapolis, Md., 9 a.m., Sunday.

A Maryland pilot aboard a bulk freighter contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders at 8:30 a.m., after spotting a waving man on the overturned vessel one mile north of the Annapolis anchorage.

Sector Baltimore dispatched a 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Annapolis and were aided in the search for the man by two SYSCOM helicopters, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Anne Arundel County Fireboat 19. The Coast Guard Station Annapolis crew arrived on scene to find the man sitting atop his vessel. They transferred him to awaiting Anne Arundel County emergency medical services. The man was reported to be suffering from hypothermia and was flown by SYSCOM Trooper 6 helicopter to the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The man was reported to have been atop his vessel for over nine hours.

“We like to emphasize that boaters try to stay with their vessels if at all possible,” said Lt. j.g. Salomee Fisher, Sector Baltimore command duty officer. “It gives the first responders a larger object to look for during their search. Also, file a float plan and give it to someone so that they can make a report as soon as you’re overdue. These things greatly aid the likelihood of being found in an emergency.”

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