Woman rescued from bay

June 08, 2008|By Nick Madigan

A 26-year-old woman who was washed overboard while sailing in the Chesapeake Bay last night treaded water for more than an hour before being rescued in a search that involved more than 30 emergency personnel and three vessels, an Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman said.

A man called 911 from a 27-foot sailboat at 9:25 p.m. and said his companion had been tossed into the water by a "severe wave" that struck the vessel in stormy weather two miles east of the causeway at Gibson Island, Battalion Chief Matthew Tobia said.

When rescuers located the sailboat in the darkness, it had lost power and was drifting, Tobia said. Rescuers began a concentric search from the boat.

The woman, whom authorities did not identify, was found by the crew of an Annapolis Fire Department boat less than a nautical mile away, and two nautical miles from shore. She had been in the water for one hour and 15 minutes and was not wearing a life jacket, Tobia said.

Suffering from hypothermia but otherwise unharmed, she was taken to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie.

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