From the Delmarva News site on December 18, 2016
"The Coast Guard rescued four people after fifteen sailboats overturned during a race
in the Severn River near Annapolis
The event manager for the Severn Sailing Association contacted the Coast Guard at about 2:20 p.m. and said 22 people had fallen into the water
, according to a news release from the Coast Guard.
crew from the Coast Guard rescued four people once it got to the scene, and once all those overboard
were accounted for, also helped recover overturned sailboats, the Coast Guard said. Maryland
State Police, Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue
, and Maryland
Natural Resources Police also went to the scene.
speed was 24 knots with gusts up to 30 knots (about 28 to 34 miles per hour) at the time of the race
, the Coast Guard said.
temperature in the Chesapeake Bay
today was 42 degrees, an extremely dangerous temperature for people in the water," said Lt. Cmdr. Sara Wallace, chief of response at Sector Maryland-NCR. "If all 22 people participating in the race weren't wearing a personal floatation device along with a wet or dry suit, we may have had a different outcome today
. Thanks to the mariners and the quick reaction and communication among agencies, all 22 people were rescued without serious injury.""