Baltimore, Md. (March 6, 2004) Passengers of the water-taxi cling to the hull of the capsized pontoon boat in Baltimores Inner Harbor as a U.S. Navy boat approaches to assist in rescue operations. Reservists from Naval Reserve Center (NRC) Baltimore assisted in the rescue of more than a dozen passengers late in the afternoon, March 6. Command Master Chief Melvin Johnson and Information Systems Technician 3rd Class Edward Mendez witnessed the water taxi capsize as it attempted to maneuver in heavy winds and seas. They immediately called 911, and Cmdr. Petersen Decker, commanding officer of Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Norfolk, Det. 106, coordinated the launch one of the NRC's small craft to assist in the rescue effort. Approximately 15 Naval Reserve and active-duty personnel assisted the Baltimore City Fire Department in rescuing 20 passengers. U.S. Navy photo by Machinery Repairman 2nd Class Jerry Neblett.
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