Smith Point Sea Rescue Report

Smith Point Sea Rescue vice president Jim Bullard reported crews recently responded to the following calls for assistance.

February 27: At 9:15 a.m., the on-duty crew of Rescue 1 was called to investigate a sailboat that had blown ashore on Towles Creek. The crew found the 30-foot sailboat lying on its side hard against rip rap. There was no one in or with the boat, which was registered in Maryland.

Sea Rescue called Maryland authorities and learned that the captain had been rescued from the boat near the Patuxent River Naval Air Station after declaring a May Day in heavy seas. The sailboat then drifted some 50 miles down the Chesapeake Bay before being blown into the Great Wicomico River and into Towles Creek. The boat has now been declared a salvage operation. Time on call, 1.5 hours

March 6: At 3 p.m., the sheriff called Sea Rescue for assistance with a 44-foot privately owned converted Navy tugboat that was hard aground…


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