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Boat Sinks in Tangier Sound During Heavy Rainstorm

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DEAL ISLAND, Md.- A rigging sticking out of the water on Tangier Sound is the mast of a sunken oyster boat. 

Assistant Fire Chief Daniel Webster said strong waves and heavy rain soaked the commercial fishing vessel Monday afternoon.

"The owner said he was on top of the cabin the boat has something I needed someone to come get them," said Daniel Webster. "So I rounded up four or five guys to help me because I didn't know what to expect."

When Webster came upon the 29-foot-vessel it was empty, about 300 feet southwest of Haines Point in Deal Island. He feared something bad had happened to the people who were supposed be on board.

"So we started looking toward the shore, and we could see them on the shore waving to us," said Webster.

That was indeed good news. But the men still needed assistance.

"We found out that two of them both were suffering from mild hypothermia and had to be rushed to PRMC," said Webster.

Now the owner is spending the most of his day out on the water, recovering what's left of the boat he calls 'Miss Charlotte.'

Webster said salvage crews have to work quickly because everyday the boat is out on the water, is everyday money is being lost.

"That's devastating too. We expected working with water and nature, you are going to lose some day."

Webster is happy to see the men made it to shore, but sad to see a day's work washed away.

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