On July 4th, 2016, a group of experienced sailors in Maryland encountered a baby raccoon who somehow became stranded in the Chesapeake Bay at Swann Creek Marina, trying to stay above water and crying out for help. Luckily, they were able to tow the little coon back to land with the clever use of a life preserver and an inflatable motorboat.
During the early morning hours of July 4, 2016, one of our crew aboard our boat heard a yelping sound and at first it sounded like birds overhead. Several hours later we finally found the source of the cry — a young raccoon treading water on the side of the boat. Not wanting to pick it up out of the water, we threw it a life preserver to climb upon and then towed it to land.