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Two Boaters rescued from Chesapeake Bay

(Point Lookout, Maryland) The Maryland Natural Resources Police and Ridge Volunteer Fire Department personnel rescued two people from a sailboat at the mouth of the Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay after being battered around by strong winds and high seas.

On April 10, 2012, at approximately 10:30 pm, Robert G. Weber, 59 and Adam J. Marshall, 33 both from Boston, Virginia were sailing south in the Chesapeake Bay in a 1962 28 foot Pierson sailboat. The vessel went a ground on a sandbar after they mistook a lighted hazard buoy for a channel marker.

The strong wind conditions and incoming tide produced 2 to 4 seas in the area of the shoal which prevented them from freeing themselves. At 1:20 am, fearing for their own safety, the occupants called 911 and rescue units from the Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police Aviation, Coast Guard, and Ridge Volunteer Fire Department responded to the area. High winds prevented both Coast Guard and MSP helicopter units from reaching the boaters after multiple attempts. A 41 foot coast Guard cutter from Station St. Indigoes was unable to reach the vessel due to sea condition and shallow water depths. After three attempts, a NRP Officer and two Ridge Fire Department personnel aboard an 18 foot NRP patrol boat were able to reach the vessel and retrieve the stranded mariners.

NRP stood by the vessel until 7:00 am, when the sea and weather conditions had subsided enough to allow NRP to safely retrieve the vessel and tow it to Point Lookout State Park.


   April 11, 2012

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, maritime and 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 is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million 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 11 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