OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Coast Guard rescued a 20-year-old woman from the water after she was reported missing from a vessel early Wednesday morning in the Assawoman Bay.
The woman was noticed to be missing among the 11 other passengers aboard a 22-foot Carolina Skiff during its transit north from the Route 90 bridge, according to the initial report from Ocean City 911 dispatch.
A boat crew from the Coast Guard station in Ocean City launched to search for the woman. She was found in the water within 35 minutes, the Coast Guard said.
Officials say the woman was treading water for 30-45 minutes around 3:30 a.m. on the western side of the bay near the Delaware state line.
The woman was pulled aboard the response boat, and it was confirmed that she had no injuries. She was then transported to her awaiting friends and local police at the vessel owner’s home, the Coast Guard said.
“The operator of the vessel was issued a violation for boating under the influence,” Master Chief Petty Officer Nathan Beach, the officer in charge of the Ocean City Coast Guard station, said.
According to 2017’s Recreational Boating Statistics, alcohol use is the leading known contributing factor in deadly boating accidents. When the primary cause was known, it was listed as the leading factor in 19 percent of deaths.