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Old 12-18-2011, 04:35 AM
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I can't believe anyone would have been in the bay, in an 18' sailboat yesterday.
Very sad.


"Deadly day on the bay
1 dead, 1 missing, 1 rescued after boat capsizes in 47-degree water
By TINA REED, Staff Writer
Published 12/18/11
One man died and another is presumed dead after their sailboat capsized yesterday in the Chesapeake Bay just north of the Bay Bridge.

Joshua McKerrow — The Capital As the sun sets, a Coast Guard boat heads for the search area yesterday in the waters north of the Bay Bridge. One man died, another is missing and a woman was in serious condition after their 18-foot sailboat capsized.
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A 911 cellphone call for help from a woman floating in the bay's frigid waters sparked a massive search-and-rescue mission that recovered a 25-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man in serious condition, but failed to find a 25-year-old man believed to be with them.

Shortly before 3 p.m., county emergency crews received calls for help by radio and then by cellphone.

"Then the call dropped," said Sgt. Art Windemuth, a spokesman for Natural Resources Police.

Crews scrambled to an area of open water just north of the Bay Bridge to figure out exactly where the 1985 18-foot Precision sailboat had gone down. Rescue boats scoured the water while state police and county helicopters scanned from the air.

Around 3:45 p.m., rescuers finally located the woman, but struggled to get information from her about how many other people were in the water. The woman was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center and was being treated for hypothermia and was listed in serious condition.

The water temperature was about 47 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.

"The wind was blowing about 10 to 15 miles per hour and it was pretty chilly out," said county fire spokesman Capt. James Rostek.

Crews later found another man in the water. The 40-year-old was rushed to Anne Arundel Medical Center in life-threatening condition due to being submerged in the cold water. He was unresponsive and emergency crews had to perform CPR on him, Rostek said.

He later died, an official at the hospital confirmed.

It is believed all three people were wearing life vests, Windemuth said. He did not know where the three people were from.

Rostek said the search for the missing 25-year-old man has turned into a recovery mission after sonar technology was unable to find him. The investigation will be conducted by the Department of Natural Resources, he said.

It has been the deadliest year statewide for boating accidents in more than a decade. According to Windemuth, there have been more than 20 deaths."
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:31 AM
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Precision 18 is a pretty tippy little boat as well. Really sucks.

I messed around on my paddle board the other day, but was in a 4 mill suit. Water is just not very forgiving
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A simple VHF mayday would be much quicker in that area then an EPIRB.
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10-15 is not very windy for a sailboat, and this isn't a dinghy we're talking about. I've sailed in worse. I heard the boat was taking on water.

Its not like the guys who went out in a 14' jon boat in 15-20 to go duck hunting.
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One Thanksgiving a few of us jumped onto a swimming pool whose water was in the mid 40s.

Despite ample anti-freeze in our systems, that water was stunningly cold. I can't imagine that anybody could even press buttons, much less stay conscious for much longer than a minute.

Paul, what are people like that have been in water that cold, even for 10 minutes? Don't USCG rescue swimmers go out in stuff like that just to acclimate?
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One Thanksgiving a few of us jumped onto a swimming pool whose water was in the mid 40s.

Despite ample anti-freeze in our systems, that water was stunningly cold. I can't imagine that anybody could even press buttons, much less stay conscious for much longer than a minute.

Paul, what are people like that have been in water that cold, even for 10 minutes? Don't USCG rescue swimmers go out in stuff like that just to acclimate?
Overturned a boat on St. Lawarence river (Canada) out of Mallorey town in 1988. Water temp was 50 degrees.Water felt piss warm due to adrenalin flow. Did approx. a 200 yd swim (with jackets) to rock islands for 14 hrs, untill Canadian Park service picked us up.They told us if we had stayed with the boat two of the three wouldn't have made it because of the lack of body mass to contain body heat. You aren't going to stay in there long without protection, no matter who you are.
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I crossed the Bay Bridge eastbond and 2:30pm. Bay was pretty calm. Came back over at 3:30 and the wind had come up big and water was broiling with huge white caps on the west side. About midway across I noticed a lot of boats and a helicoper just off Sandy Point. turned on my VHF and heard CC on scene - looking for the one still not found. Apparently the boaters were able to get off a cell phone call. Sandy Point SP was closed off all night and flooded with emergency vehicles.

I think they probably caught an unexpected gust and flipped. all were wearing life jackets.
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