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Coast Guard Rescues Boater Near Annapolis

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Coast Guard rescued a man from a capsized boat in the Severn River early Sunday morning.

Officials say a pilot aboard a bulk freighter contacted the Coast Guard after seeing a man on the overturned vessel. The Coast Guard responded, with help from two helicopters.

When they arrived, they found the man, still sitting on the overturned boat.

The man was transported to Shock Trauma. Officials say he may have been on that overturned vessel for nine hours. He may be suffering from hypothermia; his exact condition is not known.

“We like to emphasize that boaters try to stay with their vessels if at all possible,” said Lt. J.F. Salomee Fisher. “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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