Saturday, April 20, 2013

Release: Coast Guard rescues 3 near Smith Point in Reedville, Va.

News Release

Coast Guard rescues 3 near Smith Point in Reedville, Va.

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard rescued three boaters approximately six miles northeast of Smith Point in Reedville, Va., Saturday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Command Center received a mayday broadcast on VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 1:30 p.m.

Sector Baltimore watchstanders diverted the same crew aboard the 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes who responded to the earlier case near Point Lookout Sate Park in Scotland, Md.

“We heard the mayday call come in but received no further information after responding on channel 16,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Jason Stanley. “Approximately ten minutes later we received a report from a good Samaritan aboard the Anna C stating that he had a visual of three people standing on the hull of an overturned vessel. That report correlated to the position that we had triangulated from the original mayday call. The crew from St. Inigoes arrived on scene just 15 minutes after the initial mayday call.”

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