Six people were rescued as their boat took on water and sank in the Atlantic Ocean 60 miles offshore during the White Marlin Open. Their beer was reportedly saved, too.
The Coast Guard reported that another boat in the fishing tournament rescued the six people before a Coast Guard boat arrived, according to WMDT.
Sara Stafford posted video of the rescue to Facebook with the story of the rescue.
“Heard on the radio a boat was sinking, coast guard was coming and we didn’t see anyone we probably weren’t near them. Got their coordinates, reeled in everything and 3100 horsepower full speed ahead went and realized how close we were,” Stafford said.
“They lost the fight on a blue marlin, they lost their boat and their personal belongings and fishing gear, but we did save them! And their beer.
The rescue happened Monday during the 48th annual White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing tournament in Ocean City, Maryland.
This year, 444 boats were in the competition with $9.2 million in prize money at stake. It’s said to be the largest and richest Billfish Tournament in the world.
And it’s a financial boon to the businesses in Ocean City each year.