Fish­ing boat sinks off coast of Love Point

Record Observer - - Religion - By BROOKE SCHULTZ

ROCK HALL — Three peo­ple were res­cued from a sink­ing ves­sel in the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay near here Sun­day morn­ing, June 18.

A spokesper­son for the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice con­firmed Mon­day that three peo­ple were pulled out of the wa­ter by a good sa­mar­i­tan, who trans­ported them by boat to a Rock Hall ma­rina.

Candy Thom­son, public in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the NRP, said the ves­sel — a 24foot cen­ter con­sole fish­ing boat named Big Fish — is reg­is­tered to Stevensville res­i­dents Don­ald and Shel­ley Cooke, but she could not con­firm if they were on the ves­sel Sun­day.

The may­day call came in at 10:38 a.m. for a ves­sel tak­ing on wa­ter off Love Point, Thom­son said in a tele­phone in­ter­view Mon­day.

The Coast Guard, NRP and Gra­sonville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment re­sponded to an area known lo­cally to water­men as Hick­ory Thicket.

The Coast Guard ar­rived on the scene at 11:13 a.m., fol­lowed by the NRP and a Gra­sonville fire de­part­ment boat about a minute later.

“By the time ev­ery­one got to the scene, only the bow was show­ing,” Thom­son said Mon­day.

Water­men fa­mil­iar with the area said the wa­ter is about 24 feet deep there.

The good sa­mar­i­tan, whom Thom­son did not iden­tify, trans­ported the three peo­ple on his boat to North Point Ma­rina, reach­ing land by about 11:30 a.m.

At the ma­rina, the NRP in­ter­viewed the trio who were just res­cued.

Thom­son said that they ap­peared to be OK and “there was no in­di­ca­tion” that they needed med­i­cal treat­ment.

“(The) weather was kind of choppy. Peo­ple had trou­ble out there yes­ter­day, for sure,” Thom­son said Mon­day. Nu­mer­ous small boats re­quired help due to the wind and wa­ter con­di­tions, she said.

Thom­son said the in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing. In­ves­ti­ga­tors will be look­ing at things such as the con­di­tion of the boat, why it took on wa­ter, the weather and skill-level of the boaters — “any­thing that will help us de­ter­mine how this hap­pened,” she said.

Also to be looked into is if ev­ery­one on­board was wear­ing a life­jacket.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

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