Coast Guard Searching For Possible Boaters Missing Near Calvert County - Southern Maryland Headline News

Coast Guard Searching For Possible Boaters Missing Near Calvert County

PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Aug. 23, 2007) - The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) continues to request information on two people who reported to Calvert County, Md., 911 that their boat was sinking in the Chesapeake Bay at about 1:15 a.m. today.

Crews discovered a 100-foot by 50-foot oil slick in the search area north of Taylor's Island.

Anyone with information on boaters who have not returned from a boating trip in the area are requested to call the USCG Sector Baltimore command center at (410) 576-2525.

Operators received three short, broken mobile phone calls this morning from two people who reported they were taking on water between Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant and Taylor's Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

Two Maryland State Police helicopters searched through the night, but were forced off the search by fog. Crews from Calvert County Fire Rescue also joined the search. Boat crews from Coast Guard Stations Oxford and St. Inigoes are searching with a helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, N.J.

"The Coast Guard recommends that all boaters carry a VHF radio on board because they are more reliable than mobile phones on the water," said Lt. Isaac Saenz, chief of the Coast Guard Sector Baltimore command center.

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