EASTON — A male worker at a residence on Miles River Road in Easton was taken to the hospital late Tuesday morning, Nov. 26, after he and a female worker fell into the Miles River while shrink-wrapping a boat, officials said.
The male, who was rescued roughly five minutes after crews with Easton Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 11:30 a.m., is in stable condition, fire Capt. Craig McCracken said.
The man and one of the rescuers who went into the water were taken to University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton following the incident, McCracken said.
The rescuer, who was wearing a water exposure suit, was in stable condition and was examined as a precaution, McCracken said.
The female worker was pulled from the water by another individual at the home before rescuers’ arrival. She did not require medical attention, officials said.
McCracken said the male had a life jacket on when rescuers arrived, but he “had a hard time getting himself out of the water” because of a possible injury. They were able to pull the man out in a rescue basket, he said.
The water temperature at the time of the incident, which McCracken said was 48 degrees Fahrenheit, was “cold enough to cause hypothermic issues.”
Water temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees are considered “very dangerous” and “immediately life-threatening” because an unprotected person immersed in it quickly loses control of their breathing and experiences cold shock, according to the National Center for Cold Water Safety.