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Smith Point Sea Rescue April 2019 mission report

Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 3:07 pm

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’ sailboat lying on its side hard against rip rap. There was no one in or with the boat, that was registered in Maryland. Sea Rescue called the 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 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’ privately owned converted Navy tugboat that was hard aground in the Little Wicomico River.  The captain, sailing the vessel from Key West, FL to Stoney Brook NY, entered the Little Wicomico not realizing how shallow the river is and quickly went aground on his 6’ keel.  Rescue 1 was dispatched from Reedville and was able to tow the tug out to deeper water then escort it to Jennings Boatyard for repairs. Time on call, 3 hours

For the full list, pick up the latest Northumberland Echo 5/29/19