News from the DNR Office of Communications

NRP Continues Search for Missing Boater

Annapolis, Md. (June 30, 2010) – The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police (NRP) is investigating a boating accident that was reported Monday, June 29 at 10 p.m., near the area of the Potomac River approximately two miles from the Route 301 bridge.

An investigation revealed that a 20 foot steel-hall vessel was traveling from Pope’s Creek area on the Maryland side of the Potomac River to Mathias Point, Virginia. The vessel encountered high winds and rough waters, causing it to take on water and sink.

Two people were aboard the vessel. Glen Martin Dawson, age 52 of King George Va. was able to swim to shore and summon help. The other occupant, Daniel Ray Myers, 36, of King George Va., is missing and presumed drowned.

Units from NRP, United States Coast Guard, Navy, Virginia Marine Resource Commission Officers and Charles County Fire Department searched throughout the night and are continuing their search by vessel, air, and employing side scan sonar. The NRP Special Operations Division is continuing an investigation to determine the cause of the accident.

Neither occupant was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident. Last year, Maryland had 17 boating fatalities; 16 were not wearing their life jackets.
 


   June 30, 2010

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell
awindemuth@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 461,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries, and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic, and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov