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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Coast Guard and state and local crews continued searching the Chesapeake Bay late Saturday evening for a missing boater after earlier recovering two other people from the water.

Rescue crews responded Saturday afternoon to distress and 911 calls that a sailboat was taking on water off of Sandy Point State Park, near the Bay Bridge, according to Sgt. Art Windemuth of the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The 911 call was from a female victim who said “her vehicle was sinking,” the spokesman said. But the caller did not provide an accurate location, and Windermuth could not say how long it took crews to locate the boaters.

Emergency officials say a 25-year-old woman was pulled from the Bay near the Magothy River and was treated for hypothermia. A 40-year-old man was not immediately responsive and was taken to the hospital with what officials called serious and life-threatening injuries. His condition was not available late Saturday night. Crews were still searching late Saturday night for a third boater, believed to be a man about 25 years old.

An Anne Arundel County fire department spokesman said early Saturday evening that crews had not recovered the sailboat.

Windemuth said all three boaters were wearing lifejackets at the time of the accident.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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