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A Maryland State Police helicopter crew based in St. Mary’s took part this week in rescuing two people on a boat in Chesapeake Bay off the coast of Dorchester County.
The three-man crew from Trooper 7 based at the St. Mary’s airport in Hollywood was dispatched at about 7:35 p.m. on Monday, state police report, to go to the scene near Taylor’s Island, where the boat was stranded on a sandbar. The flight crew of Trooper 7 found the boat with two occupants located near the shore line, in the bay’s Barren Island Gap.
“They were uninjured, but they were stranded,” Sgt. David Svites, a flight paramedic with the state police aviation division, said this week.
A Dorchester County fire department’s rescue boats were unable to gain access to evacuate the occupants because of a low tide and the boat’s proximity to the shore, the police agency reported, and Svites, pilot Brent Hearn and rescue technician Michael McCloskey reconfigured the helicopter’s position for a hoisting operation. They completed two hoists, each time landing back at the Taylor Cove Marina to drop off the occupants so emergency-medical services personnel could complete further assessments for possible injuries.
Both occupants, whose names were not released, declined further medical care.