Busy weekend on the waterways

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Memorial Day weekend is the traditional start of the boating season for Northern boaters and Coast Guard and marine rescuers were kept busy by boaters in distress.

• The Maryland Natural Resources Police reported that the body of a missing boater from Kent Narrows boating accident was recovered. The search began after a 21-foot vessel struck a concrete jetty Sunday night with four people on board the vessel. The other three aboard escaped serious injury.

• The Maryland Natural Resources Police also unsuccessfully searched for a missing boater who jumped from a vessel to go swimming in Chesapeake Bay; and rescued a man and his three-year-old son from a boat fire Saturday in the Bohemia River. The investigation revealed the operator of a 28-foot Columbia Cabin sailboat was attempting to restart his engine when it exploded, setting the vessel afire.

• In Florida, the Coast Guard rescued nine people after their boat allided Sunday with the Clearwater Pass Jetty. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a report at approximately 3 a.m., from a good Samaritan on the motor vessel Absolute Escape, that a 21-foot pleasure craft with nine people on board struck the Clearwater Pass Jetty at a high speed resulting in all nine persons being ejected into the water. Once on the scene at 3:18 a.m., the Coast Guard boat crew found all nine survivors sitting on the jetty. Many of the survivors reported medical concerns.

• In Maine, the Coast Guard was searching for a missing canoer in the Cathance River in Bowdoinham on Saturday. Watchstanders from the Coast Guard Sector Northern New England command center received a distress call at 8:12 p.m., from Maine Marine Patrol, reporting that they were conducting a search for a missing canoer. The missing man was in a canoe with two others when the canoe capsized. The two other persons aboard made it safely to shore.

• A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Sodus Point, N.Y., rescued two people from a 17-foot vessel taking on water in Lake Ontario on Saturday. Both individuals were wearing life jackets, and there were no reported injuries.

• In the Great Lakes, a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Bay City, Mich., rescued two men after their 17-foot Bayliner capsized in Saginaw Bay about two miles offshore of Linwood, Friday morning. Watchstanders at Station Saginaw received a report from the local 911 dispatcher of two fishermen who were attempting to retrieve fish. The reporting source who called 911 stated they saw the vessel begin to take on water from the stern, and then capsize.

Within 10 minutes of the initial call, rescue crews from Station Saginaw River were on scene with the capsized vessel. Crews found the two men, who had climbed back on to the overturned vessel. Coast Guard Sector Detroit issued an urgent marine information broadcast, alerting marines of the two people in the water.

“One man had a life jacket on, and the other was holding on to a type IV throwable rescue ring,” said Petty Officer Third Class Caleb Stephenson, a boat crewman from Station Saginaw River. “A good lesson to learn from during this case is that fishermen need to be aware of the environmental factors while fishing. Personal safety gear should always be ready, as you never know when distress could come.”

• Meanwhile, a rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station Saginaw River, in Essexville, Mich., rescued three people Monday on Saginaw Bay. All three people were wearing life jackets. There were no injuries reported.