Coast guard helps grounded boaters near Patuxent River

The Coast Guard helped two boaters get to shore after the couple’s grounded sailboat started taking on water.

Around 1 a.m. Monday, boaters aboard a 30-foot sailboat contacted the coast guard in the Baltimore sector to ask about weather conditions and said their boat was grounded and taking on water while anchored about 200 yards from the Patuxent River, according to the Coast Guard.

“When we arrived on scene, the captain informed us the bilge pumps were keeping up with the flooding, and he was considering staying aboard for the night, Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher Jozan said in a release.

Jozan decided it was too dangerous to tow the boat under those conditions

“He and his wife decided to voluntarily disembark the vessel for the night and planned on returning to free the boat,” Jozan said of the boat’s captain.

“Although the boaters were in no immediate danger, I wouldn’t have let the captain stay aboard the vessel had he wanted. If their bilge pumps were to fail, the situation could have become increasingly more dangerous for everyone,” Jozan said in the release.

The Coast Guard crew got the couple safely to shore. No injuries or pollution were reported in connection with the incident.

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