News from the DNR Office of Communications

Drowning Victim Recovered At Rocks State Park

Annapolis, Maryland (May 28, 2011) – The Maryland Nataural Resources Police (NRP) are searching for a missing boater, Mark Allen Harvison, 40, of Pasadena.

This morning at 4:00 a.m., NRP was notified by a boat operator, Charles Martin Carlson III, 41 of Riva, that his passenger had fallen overboard. Carlson stated that he last observed Harvison walking toward the stern of the vessel.

NRP, MSP aviation, U.S. Coast Guard and an Annapolis City Fire Boat began searching for the man the area of the Chesapeake Bay between Thomas Point Light and the Severn River.

Harvison is described as a white, male, 6 feet tall, 200 pounds last seen wearing a white t-shirt, tan pants, and fluorescent green shoes.

Currently, NRP has three patrol boats, and the U.S. Coast Guard has one vessel and a helicopter engaged in the search for the victim.

NRP’s Special Operations Division is investigating the incident.

   May 28, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

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.

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