Girl, 3, father and friend rescued from river after sailboat capsizes

October 17, 1995|By RICHARD IRWIN | RICHARD IRWIN,SUN STAFF

A 3-year-old Baltimore girl, her father and his friend were rescued from the Gunpowder River yesterday after a gust of wind blew the mast off their 14-foot sailboat and capsized the craft, a Maryland Department of Natural Resources spokesman said.

Virginie Legros of the 800 block of N. Howard St. suffered severe hypothermia and was in stable condition last night at Franklin Square Hospital near White Marsh in Baltimore County, said Bob Graham, the spokesman.

He said the girl's father, Benoit Pierre Legros, 30, and a family friend Yazid Bachir, 29, of France refused treatment.

Mr. Graham said the three were sailing on the Gunpowder near Saltpeter Creek about noon in what appeared to be a homemade sailboat when the gust of wind broke the mast, capsized the craft and spilled them into the river. He said the victims clung to the craft for at least an hour until they were rescued by two boaters Austin Weiskillel, 22, and Barry Bohrer, 27, both of Chase, who took them to the Dundee Creek marina, where an ambulance took the girl to the hospital.

The girl's body temperature had dropped to 87 degrees, Mr. Graham said.

A spokesman for the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington International Airport said the temperature on the river at the time of the accident was in the upper 50s.

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