The ebb and flow of the Patuxent River had firefighters, medics and the Water Rescue Team busy on Tuesday, December 29, 2009.
At about 9:00 PM, Fire/EMS units were alerted to a boat, with occupants on-board, in distress on the Patuxent River. Firefighter/Medics from Baden and surrounding communities including personnel from the Water Rescue and Recovery Team arrived at 18299 Magruders Ferry Road and quickly located the boat. Initial reports from the boaters indicated they were stuck in the mud just South of Magruders Landing as a result of the changing tide. Fire/EMS units discovered an 18-foot boat with two male occupants, uninjured, not able to make it back to land due to the change in the tide. Rescue boats and personnel from Water Rescue Team were able to locate the boat and bring the occupants safely back to shore without incident.
Earlier in the evening, at about 7:40 PM, a similar assignment was dispatched for a motorist stranded in high water. Firefighter/Medics from the Bowie area and the Water Rescue Team responded to Governors Bridge Road at the Anne Arundel County/Prince George’s County border. The Patuxent River is known to overflow onto a low lying section of Governors Bridge Road during heavy rain and even days after periods of heavy rain. Firefighters arrived and found a 4-door Toyota Camry had stalled while trying to pass through the high water. The lone occupant of the vehicle, an adult male, was assisted from the vehicle to the safety of dry ground. The male was not injured and remained to assist the County Police in his vehicles removal. Governors Bridge Road was closed for a period of time until the water receded.