Coast Guard Rescues Boater And His 3 Dogs Near Little Wicomico River

BALTIMORE — Coast Guard crews rescued a man and three dogs Tuesday after the 59-foot sailboat he was aboard ran aground near the Little Wicomico River.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore received a mayday call at 11:30 p.m. Monday from the boater over reporting he had run soft aground in the vicinity of Smith Point and was taking on water.

After spotting flares, an aircrew aboard a Maryland State Police helicopter located the man aboard his boat at 1 a.m. Tuesday but did not have hoist capabilities. A Coast Guard aircrew from Atlantic City, N.J., arrived on scene and lowered a rescue swimmer to assist the crew.

“As the conditions worsened and the vessel straightened in line with the seas, we took action knowing that was the best chance to get the master and his dogs transferred safely,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Kevin Ramirez. “Operating at near limitations, especially that close to shoal, was certainly one of the most challenging situations I have experienced on a 24-foot RB-S.”

The RB-S crew took the man and dogs to Smith Point Marina, where he was offered medical services but refused.

“The man did an excellent job maintaining communications and providing situational updates,” said Lt. Salomee Briggs, the command duty officer at Sector Baltimore. “He used flares to signal the Maryland State Police helicopter, which allowed us to narrow in on his position and expedite the search and rescue case.”

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