Coast Guard suspends search for 4 in Middle River

BALTIMORE – The Coast Guard suspended its search at 2:01 p.m., Saturday for four people aboard a boat reportedly taking on water in the Middle River.

Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders began coordinating the multi-agency search after receiving a mayday call via marine-band radio channel 16 from the operator of the vessel in distress at 2:48 a.m., reporting that his 28-foot pleasure craft had one adult and three children aboard and was taking on water.

The following agencies and crews assisted in the search:

  • A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay, Md.
  • A 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Stillpond, Md.
  • Two HH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.
  • A Tow Boat U.S. boatcrew
  • A Maryland State Police helicopter rescue crew
  • Baltimore County Fire Rescue marine and shore units
  • A Baltimore County Police Department shore unit
  • A Maryland Natural Resources Police boatcrew

The rescue crews collaboratively searched a track line of 141 nautical miles throughout the night and continued searches through the morning lasting approximately eight hours.

The search is suspended pending further developments.

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