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Search Resumes For Missing Boater

One boater rescued, one dead and one missing after sailboat capsizes

Annapolis, Md. (December 19, 2011) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) today resumed the search for the missing boater from Saturday’s fatal boating accident north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, near Sandy Point lighthouse. Searchers are conducting vessel surface searches and using side-scan sonar to help locate the missing boater.

On December 17 at 2:45 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received a VHF radio call about a capsized vessel. Minutes later a distress call was also placed to the Anne Arundel County 911 Center. Both calls ended before a location was given. The U.S. Coast Guard was able to locate the general direction of the VHF call.

Approximately an hour after the initial call, rescuers located Taylor Rogers, 25 from Salisbury, and Daniel Denike, 46 from Laurel, Md. in the Chesapeake Bay northeast of Sandy Point. Rogers and Denike were transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center. Rogers was treated for hypothermia and Denike’s injuries were fatal. A third victim, Tyler Cordrey, 25 from Eden, Md. remains missing.

Searchers from NRP, Anne County Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard searched throughout the night and the next day for Cordrey. NRP was able to locate the vessel in 40 feet of water with the help of side-scan sonar. Plans are being made for salvage operations for their boat, an 18-foot Precision sailboat. NRP is currently using side-scan sonar and vessel surface searches to locate the missing boater.

   December 19, 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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