CHESAPEAKE BAY DRAMA: Coast Guard responds to mariners stranded on a derelict houseboat near Chesapeake Beach

A disabled houseboat floats in the water near Chesapeake Beach, Maryland, on March 28, 2022. The Coast Guard rescued three individuals who were stranded on the disabled houseboat after the tug boat towing the vessel began taking on water. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo)

North-Beach-firefighters-at-work-on-March-21-2022. Photos courtesy of North Beach VFD.

At 1809 hours on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, Calvert County Emergency Communications Center (CCECC) dispatched Boat 1 for a boater in distress in the Bay, directly across from Station 1. Callers on the shore advised the boat appeared to be in distress. Boat 1 responded, made contact with the boater who advised the boat had lost power, but refused assistance.

At 2315 hours, the boater called (CCECC) requesting assistance citing rough seas. Boat 1 responded again, made contact with the boater, and at the boater’s request, removed the boater from the vessel and brought him to shore. Due to rough seas, the disabled boat was unable to be secured and the Coast Guard was notified. The vessel came to rest overnight near Cherry Avenue.  

The NBVFD reminds all boaters to be alert for changing weather conditions on the Bay and have contingency plans for seeking safe shelter.


On March 21, 2022, at approximately 0813, Calvert County Emergency Communications Center alerted Co. 1 (North Beach), Co. 5 (Dunkirk), Co. 6 (Huntingtown), Co. 2 (Prince Frederick) and Anne Arundel Companies 9 & 42 for the report of a boat on fire at the Rod ‘N’ Reel Marina, 4100blk of Mears Avenue. Engine 11 (4 personnel), Engine 12 (2 personnel), Boat 1, and Sgt 1 responded. Engine 11 arrived on the scene to find two boats on fire. Sgt 1 (B. Callis) arrived on the scene and assumed the command. Engine 11’s crew quickly stretched a leader line and placed it in service to extinguish the burning boats. Boat 1 also assisted with extinguishment. Units operated for approximately three hours. No injuries were reported and all personnel from the boats were accounted for.

MD Natural Resources Police are on scene with other assets to address environmental concerns.

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