The following is from Smith Point Sea Rescue:
Smith Point Sea Rescue responds to calls from boaters in distress including groundings, mechanical failures, fuel issues and getting lost. According to Capt.Buddy Sylvia, “on April 29th we had probably the most unusual mission in Sea Rescue’s 35 year history. We got a call from residents of Mill Creek off of the Great Wicomico River that they needed something towed from Mill Creek to Ingram Bay Marina.”
The something was a 8’ 10” dead dolphin weighing approximately 500 pounds. When Rescue I arrived on scene a heavy line had been attached to the tail of the dolphin. Rescue I carefully towed the dolphin through very rough seas around to the Marina where 2 members of the Virginia Aquarium Stranding Response Program from Virginia Beach were waiting. The Response team had all the right equipment to load the animal on their truck less the ability to get the dolphin close to their truck. Using a forklift the dolphin was brought up the rear of their waiting truck. The dolphin was taken to VA. Beach to try to determine the cause of death.
Smith Point Sea Rescue is a totally volunteer rescue unit which serves boaters from Ragged Point to the mouth of the Potomac River, south to the Rappahannock River and across to the eastern shore. Smith Point Sea Rescue can be reached 24/7 by calling on channel 16 or by calling 911. The organization receives no governmental monetary support and depends solely on the proceeds of Annual Reedville Fishing Derby and donations to fund their operation for the year.