October 12, 2023
TAYLOR’S ISLAND, Md. – Maryland State Police’s Aviation Crew helped rescue a man after they say he got stranded on a small island early Thursday morning.
A Maryland State Police aviation crew helped rescue a 22-year-old man after the boat he was operating ran aground, stranding him on a small island early Thursday morning in Dorchester County.
At about 12:40 a.m., Trooper 7, which is based at St. Mary’s Airport, was dispatched to the area of Taylor's Island for a report of a missing boater. The request came from the Dorchester County Fire and EMS Department after they had exhausted efforts searching for the subject by boat.
Shortly after Trooper 7 arrived in the area, they located the man in his boat that had run aground in a marshy area. Trooper 7 guided ground rescue crews to his location, but the conditions proved to be inaccessible by foot or boat. Trooper 2, based at Joint Base Andrews, was dispatched at about 1:20 a.m. to assist with a hoist extraction.
Once overhead, the pilots on Trooper 2 hovered the Leonardo AW-139 helicopter about 50 feet above the marshy terrain, while a trooper/paramedic was lowered below to assess the stranded boater, who was extracted using the air-lift rescue vest.
The trooper/paramedic and victim were hoisted back into the aircraft. Trooper 2 then landed at a landing zone established by the Dorchester County Fire and EMS Department where the stranded boater was transferred to ground paramedics for a secondary evaluation. He ultimately did not require treatment or transport.