Weather postpones maritime rescue drill on Severn River

March 26, 2013|By Candy Thomson, The Baltimore Sun

A maritime rescue drill scheduled for Wednesday morning on the Severn River near Annapolis has been postponed because of a small-craft wind advisory, a Coast Guard spokesman said.

The drill, involving a 64-foot cabin cruiser in distress and billowing smoke, was to be a training exercise for local Coast Guard units, members of Natural Resources Police, and rescue crews from Anne Arundel County, Annapolis and Kent Island.

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory for the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay and the lower tidal Potomac River. A small craft advisory means that wind speeds of 21 mph to 38 mph are expected to produce hazardous wave conditions. The advisory is likely to be extended into Thursday.

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