A water rescue of four people from a boat offshore from Hawkins Point in Baltimore late Sunday night resulted in three people being taken to area hospitals, two of them in critical condition, the United States Coast Guard said Monday.

The rescue occurred near the south end of the Key Bridge after a local fisherman called the Coast Guard about 9:45 p.m. to report a 40-foot recreational boat had crashed into concrete pilings in the water, said Petty Officer 1st Class Nathan Henise.

Coast Guard emergency personnel responded to find the boat with its front end destroyed, but still afloat and with four people on board, three of them injured, Henise said.

County, city and state police and fire and rescue units all responded to the location of the accident, including a city rescue boat and a state police helicopter.

"There were a lot of resources out there," Henise said.

Henise said all four people rescued were adults, but they were not identified and he did not know if they were men or women. Other law enforcement and fire officials said they could not identify those involved either, citing laws protecting patient information in situations not involving police.

Three of the four people were immediately taken off the boat by responders, while emergency personnel worked to stabilize the most critically injured man before taking him to land, Henise said.

That man was then taken by Medevac helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center in critical condition, Henise said.

Two others were taken by Baltimore County ambulances, one in critical condition to Shock Trauma and the other, described as being in stable condition, to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, according to a county spokeswoman.

The fourth person on the boat at the time of the accident declined medical treatment, Henise said.

Henise said he did not know if the concrete pilings were part of the bridge's foundation.

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