Friday, May 7, 2021

Four Rescued in Boating Accident Near Bay Bridge

WUSA 9: 4 people rescued in Chesapeake Bay after boat overturns, Anne Arundel officials say

Four people have been rescued after officials said their boat overturned near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

According to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, officials received a call just before 10 p.m. Thursday for an overturned boat with four people in the water. The rescue happened just half a mile south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

A good samaritan in the area, officials said, spotted flare sightings from the overturned boat. Once the good samaritan got closer, officials said he saw a 30 ft cuddly cabin vessel capsized with three people nearby in the water.

The good samaritan was able to help the three occupants onto his boat -- as the fourth person occupant was still missing. An NRP diver located the fourth occupant, wearing a life jacket, and helped him onto an Annapolis City Fireboat.

The fourth occupant was flown to shock trauma for further treatment. Officials are reporting no injuries at this time.

That's fortunate, because the Bay is still too damn cold to swim in for any length of time. A very dangerous time of the year, when the air temperatures can be quite pleasant, but the water temperatures will do you in quickly if you sink or fall off your boat.

The Facebook page I got this from seems to imply that the "good Samaritan" is likely an NRP officer. I also note that WUSA 9 fails to capitalize "Samaritan", perhaps not realizing it comes from the name of a biblical nation, or perhaps not wanting to give the biblical reference its due. 

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