Boat Carrying Elementary School Students Sinks in Chesapeake Bay, 22 Rescued

MDNRP(DORCHESTER, Md.) — Twenty-two people, including elementary school children, were rescued from a sinking charter boat in distress by a work boat in the Chesapeake Bay Wednesday, according to police.

The rescue happened around 6 p.m. when a charter boat taking students on a field trip hit something submerged in the waters off Bloodsworth Island, said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Candy Thomson.

"The children put on life jackets as the boat went down," said Thomson. "A nearby waterman pulled all 22 passengers onto his vessel and dropped them safely on the bank of the Honga River."

Thomson said the captain of the stricken boat was airlifted to Peninsula Regional Medical Center. Two others were taken to local area hospitals for treatment with non-life threatening injuries, she added.

The Coast Guard is leading the investigation with assistance from Department of Natural Resources Police.

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