Three boaters who spent the night drifting in the Chesapeake Bay were rescued by the Coast Guard early this morning.And what caught my eye:
The search for the 19-foot boat began at about 10 p.m. Tuesday, after one of the boaters used a cell phone to contact 911.
A Coast Guard HH-60 search and rescue helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City, N.C., a 41-foot boat from Station Cape Charles, Va., the Hampton Police Department, and a fireboat from the Hampton Fire Department were involved in the search.
The boaters were spotted by the Coast Guard helicopter crew about 5 miles off Back River at about 5:30 this morning, and they were towed into port by the 41-foot Coast Guard boat and the Hampton fireboat.
None of the men were wearing lifejackets when they were found, and the boat was missing key safety gear such as flares and a VHF radio. The Coast Guard urges all boaters to wear lifejackets at all times and to always bring a VHF radio on board. It is illegal not to keep flares on a boat.Again, not only do you have to have them, you have to use them. Step on a boat, and the first thing you should do is put on your life jacket. Like this young man pictured here. Swimmer or non-swimmer, young or old, smart or slow; it doesn't matter. Wear your personal flotation device.
Please, please, help pass the word. Remind your friends and family, and for goodness sake, be a proper model yourself.