Family, Including 18-month-old Boy, Rescued From Disabled Sailboat In Chesapeake Bay

May 05, 2013 -- 8:38am

An 18-month-old boy was among those who were rescued by the Coast Guard from a sailboat that had become disabled in the Chesapeake Bay outside of the Severn River Friday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Baltimore say around 10:30 Friday night, they received a request for assistance on VHF Channel 16, the distress channel, from the family for the boy, who was having trouble breathing and wouldn't stop crying. The family was in Brewer Creek on the Severn River, near Sherwood Forest, when their 36-foot sailboat had lost power. The family was able to get it anchored in the bay before the Coast Guard arrived. When Coast Guardsmen did arrive on the scene about a half hour after receiving the call, they decided to bring the sleeping boy and his parents on board. However, when they did, the boy woke up and started crying again.

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