Miss­ing boater’s body found on Vir­ginia shore­line

Three died, one sur­vived Novem­ber boat­ing ac­ci­dent in Po­tomac

Maryland Independent - - News - By DANDAN ZOU dzou@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Dan­danEn­tNews

A miss­ing boater’s body was found washed up last week­end along the East- ern Shore of Vir­ginia, of­fi­cially bring­ing the peo­ple killed in a Novem­ber boat­ing ac­ci­dent on Po­tomac River to three. There was one sur­vivor.

The body of Roger Gris­som, 52, of Hughes- ville was dis­cov­ered in a marshy area by a home­owner in Ac­co­mack County, Va., around 6:30 p.m. Satur­day, Feb. 11, ac- cord­ing to Candy Thom- son, spokes­woman for Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice.

Al­though Gris­som’s body was in the wa­ter for close to three months, he was eas­ily iden­ti­fi­able be­cause his jeans had his wal­let with his driv- er’s li­cense in the pocket, Thom­son said. He was wear­ing a life jacket.

Gris­som was one of four peo­ple on a Me­chan­icsville boat that over­turned amid choppy waters stirred by strong winds in the Po­tomac River on Nov. 19. The sole survi- vor, Ja­son Down­ing, 39, of Me­chan­icsville, was treat- ed at MedS­tar St. Mary’s Hospi­tal af­ter be­ing found cling­ing to the hull of the boat the next morn­ing off shore of White Point Beach near Leonard­town.

Down­ing made a full re­cov­ery and was re­leased from the hospi­tal shortly af­ter the ac­ci­dent, Thom­son said.

The other two men who died in the ac­ci­dent were the boat’s owner, Gre­gory Moore, 55, of Me­chan­ics- ville, and Wil­liam Ede­len Jr., 48, of White Plains.

Bad weather was the cause of the boat cap­siz- ing, Thom­son said. The searchers dealt with 40 mph wind gusts, three-foot waves and wa­ter tem­pera- tures in the 50s dur­ing the week­end of the ac­ci­dent.

The 32-foot Reel In­tim­ida­tor was on its way back af­ter par­tic­i­pat­ing in a fish­ing tour­na­ment hosted by the Mary­land Salt­wa­ter Sport­fish­ing As- so­ci­a­tion. A may­day ra­dio sig­nal was sent in the late af­ter­noon on Nov. 19 and res­cue teams re­sponded to search for the boat.

The over­turned boat was spot­ted by the U.S. Coast Guard’s he­li­copter crew the next morn­ing. The res­cue crew was un­able to lo­cate Gris­som’s body at the time.

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