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Coast Guard crews respond to boaters in distress

Boaters in different parts of the country were caught up in harrowing on-the-water accidents last weekend.

The Coast Guard and local agencies rescued four people Saturday and recovered the bodies of two other from an overturned 25-foot boat approximately two miles south of Point Lookout State Park in Scotland, Md.

Meanwhile, the Coast Guard suspended its search for four missing fishermen Sunday off the coast of Galveston, Texas.

In the first incident, watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore Command Center overheard a broadcast on VHF-FM channel 16 at approximately 8:30 a.m. on Saturday by a local charter captain asking for any assistance looking for the overturned boat.

The watchstanders learned the charter captain had received a phone call from a family member of one of the people aboard the boat stating she received a call from her sibling saying they were taking on water and then lost communications.

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In the Gulf of Mexico, John Reynolds and the four others aboard the 50-foot commercial fishing boat Nite Owl weren't worried when the thunderstorms made it impossible for the boat to return back to shore. They'd seen this kind of weather before.

They did what they normally would, tying the boat to an oil rig off the Texas Gulf Coast and going to sleep. But early Friday morning, "a rogue wave, a freak wave or something hit the side of the boat," Reynolds said.

"It just collapsed the cabin ... where the captain sleeps," he said in a telephone interview with The Star Tribune. "When it hit, it tore the whole top of the boat off."

There were 10 to 15 foot seas with 33 mph winds with gusts up to 40. The water temperature was 55 degrees.

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