We are writing to publicly thank the men and women of Mathews Volunteer Rescue Squad. On Friday evening, June 22, 2012, they truly came to our rescue when the Coast Guard brought us ashore at the Williams Wharf Road dock. We were on one of two boats traveling from Washington, D.C. to the jazz festival in Hampton, Virginia.
There were seven of us in total, enjoying what started out as a relaxing ride down the Potomac River that morning, until we got caught in a series of storms in the Chesapeake Bay and suffered mechanical difficulty, then ultimately engine failure. After being tossed around for hours in waves as high as eight feet at times, we were seasick, bruised and soaking wet. When the rescue squad met us at the dock, the three of us whom the Coast Guard had rescued were swiftly ushered into waiting ambulance units to assess our medical condition. Our friend was experiencing chest tightening and shortness of breath, and was taken to the hospital in G...
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