Man dies after canoe capsizes
Indian Head resident, 50, killed in accident
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.