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Smith Point Sea Rescue August 2019 mission report

Posted on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 2:35 pm

August 4:  At 11am the Sheriff’s office called and asked Sea Rescue to help find a boat reported to be disabled and adrift south of Smith Point Light. Rescue 1 with a crew of five departed Reedville and motored to that location where they found that the boat was already under tow.  Time on call, 1.5 hours

August 4: At 11:35am the captain of a 20’ runabout reported that he was dead in the water in the Potomac River, off Bay Quarter Shores. Rescue 3 was dispatched from Olverson’s Marina with a crew of two, and located the vessel at the latitude and longitude provided by the captain. The boat with two aboard was towed to the owner’s dock on the Glebe. Time on call, 3 hours

August 13: At 10am a waterfront resident on Chesapeake Beach (near Fleeton) reported that there were two boys in the water holding on to a small overturned sailboat. In rough seas, Rescue 1 and 2 found that the sailboat had been driven up on the riprap and that the boys were safe ashore. Recovery of the sailboat was completed from land. Time on call, 1 hour

August 16:  At 11am the captain of a 23’ center console reported his fuel pump had failed and that he and two passengers were adrift between Smith Point Light and the Jetties. Rescue 1 with a crew of four was dispatched from Reedville and towed the vessel into Smith Point Marina for repairs. Time on call, 2 hours

August 16: At 11pm the Sheriff received a call from the captain of a 30’ sailboat with three aboard that had gone aground as it attempted to reach Ingram Bay Marina on the Great Wicomico. Rescue 1 with a crew of four was able to pull the sailboat free and escort it to the docks at the Crazy Crab, where it spent the night.  Time on call, 2 hours

August 18:  At 11:45am a Burgess resident called to report that the engine on his 19’ skiff had failed near Glebe Point on the Great Wicomico River. Rescue 1 responded with a crew of four and towed the boat to Buzzard’s Point Marina for repairs. Time on call, 2 hours

August 20:  At 4:00pm the captain of a 24’ sailboat reported he was hard aground on the Fleeton sandbar near Buoy 4 in the Great Wicomico. Knowing those shallow waters, Sea Rescue scrambled both Rescue 1 and the shallow water Rescue 2 with total of 5 crewmen. Rescue 2 was able to carry the tow line from Rescue 1 into the sailboat. Rescue 1 was then able to free the sailboat and tow it to Buzzard’s Point Marina for repairs. Time on call, 2 hours

August 30:  At 3:30pm a Reedville resident reported that his battery was dead and he was adrift in his 18’ bowrider near Buoy 11 in the Great Wicomico River. Rescue 1 was dispatched with a crew of 5 and they were able to jump-start the battery back to life, then  followed the boater back to his trailer at Shell Landing. Time on call, 1 hour

August 31: At 7:30pm the Sheriff received a 911 call from the captain of an 18’ center console with three aboard that was dead in the water in the mouth of Cockrell Creek. He asked for a tow to his home in shallow Whays Creek, so Rescue 2 with a crew of 3 was dispatched and towed him home. Time on call, 1 hour

Smith Point Sea Rescue is a totally volunteer rescue unit which serves boaters from Coles Point to the mouth of the Potomac River, south to the Rappahannock River and across the Bay to the eastern shore.  The organization receives no governmental monetary support and depends solely on donations to fund their operations.

Smith Point Sea Rescue does not charge for its services and can be reached on VHF channel 16 or by calling 911.  Rescue 1 and Rescue 2 are based in Reedville and Rescue 3 and 4 are located on Lodge Creek near Callao.