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Tara sinking The 55-foot boat shown here, sinks after Coast Guard crewmembers from Station Saint Inigoes, Md., rescue the two passengers near Point Lookout State Park, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2012. The Coast Guard crew, aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat, boarded and attempted, but was unable to save the boat using a dewatering pump. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Andreas Shelly



BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Sunday after the boat they were on began while off the coast of Point Lookout State Park.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Station Saint Inigoes received notification from members of TowBoat U.S. stating a 55-foot boat named Tara was taking on water and the operator was having difficulty steering the boat.

A crew from Station St. Inigoes launched aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat (UTB) to assist.

“We were a half a mile from the boat, and I could see, even being that far away, that the boat had a pretty good list to starboard,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlo Masi, the coxswain who piloted the UTB. “We got alongside, put two lines over and immediately sent petty officers Shelly and Erickson over with the .”

The owners, a man and woman, were transferred to the UTB while salvage efforts continued. Attempts to plug the source of flooding and dewater the boat were unsuccessful.

“I noticed their boat was listing at about 25-degrees when I decided to bring my crew and the pump from the Tara back aboard, and pull away,” said Masi. “It was approximately 20 to 25 minutes, and the boat went underwater.”

“The owners had purchased the boat the day before, and as new boaters they were prepared for the emergency by wearing , which is very important,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Robert Erickson. “Other things new boaters can do to be prepared include getting a free by the Coast Guard Auxiliary to make sure they have all the and to take a boater safety course.”


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  • Our cold-water survival training was ultimately made possible by the Guardians of  U S Coast Guard Station Annapolis.  Two Guardians hauled each of us onto the deck of a fast boat.  During the training they made sure we were safe.  I am so proud to serve with these men and women. Each one is an outstanding professional.  Thank you Station Annapolis.
  • Once a crew is in the water survival and staying together is key. Chaining together as they do here the crew shares warmth and prolongs life.
  • A face that could be your next door neighbor. Coast Guard Auxiliary members from three Maryland flotillas took their annual cold-water training at Coast Guard Station Annapolis. Bill Smith from the Drum Point Flotilla reflects the serious of his training in his expression. Bill is not new to cold water.
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  • A two-minute lesson that covered finger dexterity after cold water immersion. We placed a hand in cold water while the instructor spoke for two minutes. One we removed our hands we had to pick up the coin on the table. Not as easy as if looks. Try this only with an expert present.
  • Shawn Moore, Auxiliarist was our cold-water instructor.
  • Ray Feller, Auxiliarist  dons his dry suit. The suit provides significant protection in cold water. Having the suit alone is not enough. Knowing how the human body reacts to sudden immersion was the classroom session of our training today.
  • These volunteers attending cold-water survival training today could be your neighbors. Flotillas from Solomons Island to Annapolis were represented today.  Guardians made sure our training was safe. Another reason why I love to say Guardians rock!
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