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Posted at 7:29 PM ET, 07/19/2010

2 rescued from bay after clinging to cooler

By Erica Johnston

Two people from Hyattsville whose boat capsized in the Chesapeake Bay over the weekend were rescued after clinging to a cooler for more than two hours, authorities said.

Anna Garcia, 36, and Carlos Eskabar, 35, were in shock and suffering from extreme exhaustion when found at 11:40 p.m. Saturday, the Maryland Natural Resources police said. They were taken to a hospital for treatment.

The two had been fishing Saturday night near the Sandy Point Light, in the Annapolis area, with three family members from Silver Spring when their 14- foot- boat was struck by a big wave, the Maryland Natural Resources police said.

Only one of the five aboard was wearing a life jacket, and the boat filled with water and capsized before the others could put them on, the operator of the boat told the police.
The three relatives held on to the capsized boat. Garcia and Eskabar clung to a cooler, and driven by wind and the current, drifted away.

The boat’s operator, identified as Jose Reyes, retrieved a battery-powered light from the capsized boat. It attracted a passing boater, who called for help.

Natural Resources police officer Aaron Parker found Garcia and Eskabar in the area of the Baltimore Light, which is about four miles northwest of the Sandy Point lighthouse.

By Erica Johnston  | July 19, 2010; 7:29 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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Seriously lucky to be alive.

Got to wear those life jackets, people!

Posted by: krickey7 | July 19, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

What happened to the three people who were clinging to the capsized boat? Were they rescued, too, or are they still out there hanging on?

Posted by: postisarag | July 19, 2010 11:18 PM | Report abuse

Better yet better check their statuses, seems like some people have a hard time reading the English warning signs about rough water and strong currents. Not to mention the idiotic part of not enough life jackets and no emergency radio.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 20, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

zcxnissan wrote:
Better yet better check their statuses, seems like some people have a hard time reading the English warning signs about rough water and strong currents. Not to mention the idiotic part of not enough life jackets and no emergency radio."

I imagine by status you mean immigration status. Please be informed that not all legal immigrants understand/speak English. Just being in this country legally does not guarantee knowledge of the English language, unfortunately.
Also, English-speaking people also ignore warnings sometimes. Ask any lifeguard in the East Coast.
Also, I think there were enough lifejackets in the boat. Just not on the passengers. Which is a shame.

Posted by: rosimuehlstedt | July 20, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

alcohol +/- don't know how to swim = wear a life jacket.

Posted by: 123cartoon | July 20, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

It's funny how everyone has an theory to what went wrong. Look it was an accident that went wrong, but everyone is alive and safe. I know I would have gone crazy hanging on the a cooler for 2 hours, then drifting 4 miles away in the picth black night. That GOD for the operator to have a flash light onboard.

Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | July 20, 2010 11:23 AM | Report abuse

is it normal to go fishing out at night?

Posted by: matt_s | July 20, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

Yes, night fishing is common. If you do fish at night, always wear life-jackets (you should all the time) due to poor to zero visability if you end-up in the water. Not only will the jacket keep you afloat, but it will keep you from becoming physically tired because you won't need to struggle to stay afloat. I know life-jackets aren't "manly", but as a former Navy diver we weren't around water without our inflatable vests on. Stay safe on the water.

Posted by: jckdoors | July 20, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Darn right i mean immigration status Rosie, what kind of idiot threatens the life of their boat passengers with improper safety procedures. Maybe their were enough life jackets but they weren't using them, surely that would have been the sensible course. Next time they should read the warning signs in English, well they do have them in Spanish, so not only were they illiterate they were stupid. Let me see i am going to stay permanently in a foreign country and not know the native language.

Posted by: zcxnissan | July 20, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

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