Fishing boat sinks off coast of Love Point
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.