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While he said survival depends on a number of factors, including a person’s size and what they are wearing, Windemuth estimated the average person would not have lasted much longer than an hour in Saturday’s approximately 48 degree waters.

Officials said it was also windy Saturday, with gusts up to 20 mph on the water.

According to NRP, there have been 25 boating fatalities this year in Maryland waters — much higher than the average 10-12 deaths per year.

via DelMarVaNow.com:  Service set for man in bay sailing accident | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com.

5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release

Date: Dec 21, 2011

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs

(757) 398-6272

WASHINGTON — The Coast Guard announced Wednesday the release of its Top 10 video compilation for 2011, highlighting the year’s most compelling cases from the work done every day by America’s Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard also announced its 2011 Video of the Year contest in which the public is invited to vote for their favorite video. The contest begins Thursday, with voting open through Jan. 13, 2012.

Starting Thursday, and continuing through Dec. 31, the Coast Guard’s official blog, the Coast Guard Compass, will publish one of the Top 10 videos each day including commentary from a service member who participated in the mission. Voting for the 2011 Video of the Year will remain open through Jan. 13, 2012, so each video will have ample opportunity to be “Liked.”

Each day of the contest people may vote for their favorite videos by choosing “Like” on the Coast Guard’s Facebook page or on the Coast Guard’s YouTube 2011 Videos of the Year playlist.

“The service of Coast Guard men and women is often out of sight of the public occurring offshore, at night or at the height of a ferocious storm at sea, so we are proud to show citizens our Top 10 videos that represent this work,” said Capt. Ron LaBrec, chief of Coast Guard public affairs. “We are part of the communities we serve throughout the country.  The Coast Guard has the ability to deploy military capability, law enforcement authority and life-saving expertise whenever and wherever needed to safeguard our nation and its citizens.”

The Top 10 video compilation includes:

  • A Houston crew rescue of a man who was trapped on the rocks near the South Padre Island jetty, March 5.
  • A helicopter crew from Air Station San Diego rescue of a 77-year-old man and his dog from a disabled, adrift southwest of San Diego, March 2.
  • Coast Guard crewmembers assisting Moody Garden’s Aquarium and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the release of eight endangered Kemp’s Ridley and two Loggerhead turtles into the Gulf of Mexico, July 14.
  • Crewmember training with Coast Guard Station Merrimack River, Mass., July 13.
  • The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Henry Blake maintaining aids to navigation in the Puget Sound area.
  • The first Caribbean Sea interdiction of a cocaine smuggling, self-propelled, semi-submersible vessel by the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Mohawk Sept. 17.
  • The rescue by an aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point of a pilot who had to ditch his Cessna airplane in the ocean 13 miles northeast of the Big Island, Hawaii, Oct. 7.
  • The rescue of a family of four, including a six-month-old baby and a dog, from their disabled sailboat by Coast Guard and Santa Barbara Harbor Patrol crews, March 20.
  • An Air Station Astoria rescue of an injured climber near the North Head Lighthouse outside Ilwaco, Wash., July 7.
  • Helicopter familiarity training for law enforcement canines, conducted with various law enforcement agencies in Alameda, Calif., May 24.

Video of each case, as well as the Top 10 video compilation, is available for viewing and download from the Coast Guard visual information site.

In 2011, the Coast Guard:

  • Responded to more than 22,000 search and rescue cases and saved more than 4,300 lives.
  • Screened more than 257,000 commercial vessels carrying 71 million crewmembers and passengers prior to arrival in U.S. ports.
  • Investigated 4,650 marine casualties, including two marine boards of investigation.
  • Seized more than 37,000 pounds of marijuana and more than 200,000 pounds of cocaine bound for the United States.
  • Conducted more than 11,000 inspections on U.S. vessels and 9,000 port state control safety and environmental exams on foreign vessels.
  • Interdicted more than 2,000 undocumented migrants attempting to illegally enter the United States from the sea.


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25 Boaters Died in Maryland Waters

Twenty five persons lost their lives in Maryland boating accidents. Most of the dead were not wearing their life jackets.


5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release

Date: Dec 18, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore

(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard suspended its search at 2:50 p.m. Sunday for a 25-year-old man after the sailboat he was aboard capsized off the coast of Sandy Point, Md., Saturday.

A woman contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders on VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 2:30 p.m. reporting a boat capsized off of Sandy Point.

A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., a crew aboard an RB-M from Coast Guard Station , Md., a crew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat – Small from , two Anne Arundel County Fire Department boatcrews, Maryland Natural Resources Police boatcrews, crews aboard two Maryland State Police helicopters, a crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., crews aboard two MH-65 Dolphin helicopters from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and a ’s County boatcrew responded to search for the man.

The Coast Guard searched a total of 62 square miles in approximately 24 hours for the man.

The cause of the accident is under investigation by MNRP with assistance from the Coast Guard.


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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release

Date: Dec 17, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore

(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and local authorities rescued two people and are searching for a 25-year-old man after the they were aboard capsized off the coast of Sandy Point, Md., Saturday.

A woman contacted Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders on VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 2:30 p.m. reporting a boat capsized off of Sandy Point.

A crew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station Annapolis, Md., rescued a 40-year-old man, who was unresponsive, and transported him to Sandy Point where he was transferred to awaiting emergency medical personnel.

An Anne Arundel County Fire Department boatcrew rescued a 25-year-old woman, who was responsive.

A crew aboard an RB-M from , two Anne Arundel boatcrews, a Maryland Natural Resources Police boatcrew, a crew aboard a Maryland State Police , a crew aboard an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., and a ’s County boatcrew responded to search for the man.



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Emergency officials say a 25-year-old woman was pulled from the water and is being 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.

Get the whole story at CBSBaltimore.com:  2 Boaters Recovered, 1 Missing, In Chesapeake Bay « CBS Baltimore.

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Auxiliarists have put forth outstanding efforts during the past year to help others recover from major disasters, both natural and man-made. Skills and knowledge were put to good use, both on-scene and in a backfill mode so Coast Guardsmen could be freed up to perform rescue work. All members should be proud to call themselves Coast Guard Auxiliarists and are due the thanks of all who were helped in their time of need. With greatest respect, I offer a huge Thank You, and please enjoy a safe and happy holiday season.

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Morlock said the crew was on the ocean water off Assateague Island State Park when they apparently flipped the boat on the breakers from the sandbar. Larson was pulled to safety from the water. Kennedy’s body was found in the surf shortly after the accident.

via ASSATEAGUE: Drowning victim identified | The Daily Times | delmarvanow.com.

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Dead Maryland Boaters in 2011

Three Maryland boating deaths in 2012. Three sailboat emergencies, 1 death; 1 swimmer death; 1 allision death with two trauma injuries; 1 major injury from gasoline engine fire,

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  • A foggy day in Southern Maryland. Good morning shipmates.
  • Wear it!  News media ask the boaters you photograph why they don't. Start the discussion and save a life.
  • 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.
  • To. feller and Bill Smith, Coast Guard Auxiliary, arrive at Coast Guard Station Annapolis for cold-water training.
  • 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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Rear Admiral William "Dean" Lee

“You wouldn’t allow your kids to sit on the hood of your car, so why would you allow them to sit on the bow of your boat?”

Rear Admiral Dean Lee, 5th District commander, United States Coast Guard

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