Three men swimming in the Chesapeake Bay had to be rescued by the Coast Guard on Monday afternoon after being pulled about a mile from their boat by a strong current.

According to the Coast Guard, five men were on the boat Speak Easy, a cabin cruiser, near Kent Island in the bay when three decided to go swimming and jumped off the boat.

About 2:45 p.m., one of the men on the boat called the Coast Guard in Baltimore for help, after realizing his friends could not make it back to the boat because of the current and he nor the other man on board did not know how to drive the boat to them, said Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg, of the Coast Guard.

A crew from the Coast Guard Station Annapolis responded to find the men about a mile south of their boat, Lindberg said. They'd been in the water for less than an hour, he said.

The men were returned to their boat uninjured, Lindberg said.

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