Rehab center patient in bay near Havre de Grace prompts rescue call Friday afternoon

A Father Martin's Ashley patient was taken by ambulance to a local hospital after going into the Chesapeake Bay near Havre de Grace late Friday afternoon and initially prompting emergency calls for a water rescue.

The person went in the water in the area of Oakington Road south of Havre de Grace shortly before 5 p.m. and was out when emergency responders arrived, Harford County Fire and Ambulance Association spokesman Dave Williams said.

Harford County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Monica Worrell said it was not a water rescue and police and rescue personnel had responded to an "emergency petition," which probably means the person was taken for a psychiatric evaluation, she said.

Nevertheless, around 4:45 p.m. Harford County's emergency radio network began broadcasting calls for a boat and diver to respond to Father Martin's Ashley for a report of "a patient in the Chesapeake Bay."

At one point, the radio dispatcher said the person was "far out" in the water, according to what they had been told by whomever called from Father Martin's Ashley.

Father Martin's Ashley is a private residential treatment center for people with substance abuse problems. Its remote campus fronts on the bay's shore.

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