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Good Samaritan and Coast Guard save safety-conscious boater

Through the efforts of one bystander and smart thinking on the part of the victim, sailor Brian Mann lived to tell his tale.

Mann, 57, of Edgartown,Mass., was rescued by the Coast Guard May 10 after a powerboater saw him in a survival suit sitting on the hull of his overturned 31-foot sailboat, according to a Coast Guard press release. The good Samaritan, who was not named, called the Coast Guard at about 9 a.m. that day and Coast Guard Stations Great Egg and Townsends Inlet,N.J., responded.

Mann had been sailing his boat the day before from Cape May, N.J., to Massachusetts when he capsized about eight miles southeast of Corson’s Inlet, N.J., at around 6 p.m., according to the report.

“Mann was wearing a survival suit and stayed with the boat, which greatly contributed to his survival,” said David Umberger, Coast Guard search and rescue coordinator, in the report.

After the rescue, Mann was taken back to the Coast Guard station in Ocean City,N.J., where he was examined and released by medical personnel. He is now working with Sea Tow to develop a plan for retrieving his vessel.

The Coast Guard in New Jersey had a busy week. Besides Mann, two sailors were rescued after they were caught in a storm that kicked up seas that knocked out their engine near Liston Point,Del., and another mariner was rescued when his boat ran aground off the coast of Ocean City,Md.

— Elizabeth Ellis