Coast Guard Still Searching for Missing Woman

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard is continuing its search for a woman who fell from her vessel into the Sassafras River Thursday evening.

Watchstander’s at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore were notified at 7:57 p.m. by the husband of Sharon Andrews, 61, from Monkton, Md., reporting that she had fallen off the back of their 27-foot cuddy cabin boat into the Sassafras River.

Coast Guard search crews onboard 25-foot response boats from Coast Guard Stations Stillpond, Md., and Curtis Bay, Md., along with an HH-65 rescue helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., were launched.

The Maryland Natural Resource Police, Cecil Country Fire and Rescue Department, Cecil Country Dive Team, Kent Country Fire and Rescue Department, Aberdeen military police and local police departments are assisting the Coast Guard in the search.

“We are in rescue mode. We are issuing an urgent marine information broadcast every hour to mariners and we are keeping in touch with the husband,” said Scott Winslow, a civilian search and rescue specialist at Sector Baltimore.

The search has covered more than 20 nautical miles.

Andrews’ husband reported that his wife was not wearing a life jacket when she entered the water.

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