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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2014
The voice of the water taxi operator off Canton came over the radio Wednesday morning. "We're taking on water," he said. "I think sinking or capsizing is imminent. " Emergency responders listening to their radios at a nearby pier immediately shifted into gear, readying themselves for the start of a mock exercise rescuing dozens of overboard victims in the Inner Harbor. The energy was apparent, if somewhat awkward. "You want to try to do good on these things," said Skip Minter, a longtime boat pilot for the Baltimore Fire Department, whose job was to maneuver out to the training scene — dozens of life jackets strewn about in the water — and return the "victims" back to shore.
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NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
Emergency personnel will converge on Inner Harbor waters near Canton on Wednesday as part of a staged water taxi disaster, an event geared toward assessing rescue capabilities and practicing response techniques. Between 8 a.m. and noon, first responders from various federal, state and local agencies will be rescuing flotation devices and "dummies" representing casualties or adrift taxi passengers in water near the 3200 block of Boston St., the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management said.
TRAVEL
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | July 5, 2014
A half dozen swimmers were rescued by lifeguards Friday evening along the beach in Ocean City as rip currents formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Arthur, an Ocean City Beach Patrol official said Saturday. One person who was rescued required hospitalization, said Butch Arbin, captain of the beach patrol. All the rescues occurred after the lifeguards had gone off duty for the evening at 5:25 p.m., but while mobile beach patrols were in place through 7:30 p.m. for the busy holiday weekend, Arbin said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2014
Matt Corasanti was taking his gear off after a quick, after-work kayak outing in Fells Point when a frantic man ran up to him, saying his dog had fallen into the water and asking whether Corasanti could help him. Corasanti hopped back into his kayak, docked at the Canton Kayak Club's pier in the 1600 block of Thames St., and paddled toward the puppy, which was trying to scramble back over a concrete barrier and onto the dock. But he couldn't reach the puppy. So the 28-year-old Canton man slipped out of his kayak and into the harbor.
NEWS
By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Baltimore FBI agents and local law enforcement officers said they rescued two Maryland girls who were being prostituted and arrested five suspects they said were sexually exploiting children. The recovery of the two girls, both 16, came as part of a nationwide sting known as Operation Cross Country VIII, which targeted child sex trafficking. One of the rescued girls was from Baltimore County, the other from Montgomery County. Four of the alleged pimps arrested came from Prince George's County and one from Baltimore County, the FBI said.
TRAVEL
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
A 17-year-old swimmer was caught in a rip current and pulled under water in Ocean City Friday afternoon, and he was later pronounced dead at a local hospital, according to the Ocean City Beach Patrol. The swimmer entered the water at 92nd Street, and a beach patrol responded when he went missing at about 2 p.m. Others joined the effort, including about 30 rescue swimmers from the beach patrol and Ocean City Fire Department, as well as from the Ocean City Police Department, U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland Natural Resources Police and Maryland State Police.
NEWS
Staff Reports | June 9, 2014
The Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services was honored last week for recent innovations in emergency medical services that were recognized for improving cardiac care response times and minimizing cardiac emergencies. Among the programs cited by the Medic Alert Foundation and the Congressional Fire Services Institute was the department's Community Hands-Only CPR program, which partners with organizations including the county schools. Through the partnership, the department purchased mannequins for local schools and has provided “train-the-trainer” instruction for teachers to train all students in CPR. The program has now been mandated for the schools and is a graduation requirement for sixth- and eighth-graders.
NEWS
June 7, 2014
In a news brief concerning the drowning of a young man in Ocean City , The Sun used the term Ocean City Beach Patrol "rescue technician" ( "Teen dies after getting caught in Ocean City riptide," June 3). It was unclear whether that term originated with the town of Ocean City 's news release or The Sun's writer. It was probably the former, but no matter. Please, say it isn't so. Bernard Haske, Catonsville - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
TRAVEL
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2014
An 18-year-old from Montgomery County was hospitalized Monday after getting caught in a rip tide while swimming in Ocean City , authorities said. An initial rescue call for three swimmers stuck in the water near 137th Street went out around 4:30 p.m., according to Ocean City Beach Patrol. A beach patrol responder quickly rescued two of the swimmers but was unable to find the third, police said. A team of 15 rescue swimmers from beach patrol, Ocean City Fire Department, Maryland State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard eventually found the teenager, who was taken to Atlantic General Hospital after being treated at the scene, police said.
NEWS
By Sean Welsh, The Baltimore Sun | June 1, 2014
Four people were rescued when their boat overheated, caught fire and began to sink on the Patapsco River Sunday morning. Petty Officer Ryan Ketchum, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard's Baltimore office, said crews received a distress call at 11:08 a.m. Sunday, and "a good Samaritan" aboard the vessel "Venture" responded to rescue three adults and a child from a 30-foot Chris Craft. No injuries were reported, Ketchum said. The incident occurred just north of Bodkin Creek. The boat, which was taking on water and beginning to slowly sink, was de-watered and towed by the Coast Guard to McCluskey Marina in Severna Park.
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