Man rescued after nine hours on capsized boat in Severn River

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An 18-year-old man who was stuck on a capsized boat in the Severn River around Annapolis for more than nine hours was rescued Sunday morning.

The man, suffering from hypothermia, was flown to the Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The Coast Guard Sector Baltimore was contacted at 8:30 a.m. about the capsized boat after the waving man was spotted on the overturned vessel one mile north of the Annapolis anchorage.

The Coast Guard Station Annapolis crew found the man sitting atop his vessel.

"We like to emphasize that boaters try to stay with their vessels if at all possible," said Lt. j.g. Salomee Fisher, Sector Baltimore command duty officer. "It gives the first responders a larger object to look for during their search. Also, file a float plan and give it to someone so that they can make a report as soon as you're overdue. These things greatly aid the likelihood of being found in an emergency."