Smith Point Sea Rescue Report

Smith Point Sea Rescue editor Jim Bullard reported crews have responded to the following calls for assistance:

August 6: At 3:25 p.m., the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) received a 911 call from a Callao resident who had sailed across the Potomac River to Maryland and broken down with engine failure. Rescue 2 with a crew of three was dispatched from Olverson’s Marina and located a 22-foot Cape Dory with two aboard in the mouth of the St. Mary’s River, near St. George Island. The crew towed the vessel back across the Potomac and to the owner’s dock on the Yeocomico River. Time on call, 3 hours.

At 7:38 p.m., the captain of a 25-foot Parker powerboat reported that he was hard aground on the Fleeton Bar in the Great Wicomico. Knowing this would be a shallow water rescue, two crews responded from Reedville in Rescue 1 and in Rescue skiff A. Once on site, the crew on Rescue 1 handed the tow line to the crew on the Rescue skiff so they could carry the line into the boat grounded in shallow water. Just as the skiff reached the distressed boat a large Sport Fisherman boat with a tuna tower was leaving the Great Wicomico at high speed and it drove between the two rescue boats and cut the ¾” towline.

This reckless disregard for two well marked and illuminated rescue….

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