Man dies af­ter ca­noe cap­sizes

In­dian Head res­i­dent, 50, killed in ac­ci­dent

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By CERONE WHITE cwhite@somd­news.com

An In­dian Head man died af­ter the ca­noe he was in on the Po­tomac River top­pled over Saturday morn­ing.

Wil­liam Hayes, 50, died af­ter his ca­noe tipped over near Mal­lows Bay, the Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice re­ports.

Ac­cord­ing to Candy Thomp­son, spokesper­son for the NRP, Hayes’ ca­noe cap­sized Saturday morn­ing af­ter he lost con­trol of the boat while he and his mother, Jen­nifer Hayes, were out tak­ing pho­tos of the shipwrecks in the area. Hayes was not wear­ing

a life jacket, but his mother was wear­ing one at the time of ac­ci­dent.

While sub­merged, a good Sa­mar­i­tan, An­thony Bigham of Wal­dorf, tried to get Hayes out of the wa­ter but was un­able to do so be­cause he was not wear­ing a life jacket. A short time later, a fish­ing boat showed up to as­sist in the res­cue ef­forts.

Charles County EMS ar­rived on the scene and Jen­nifer Hayes de­clined treat­ment. Hayes was rushed to Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in La Plata.

“The time of death for Hayes was 11:01 a.m. and there was no foul play at hand,” Thomp­son said. “The ca­noe cap­sized at 9 a.m.”

This is not the first time that this type of ac­ci­dent has oc­curred and author­i­ties are ask­ing that boaters fol­low the safety signs in area.

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