Man in­jured in Chester River boat­ing ac­ci­dent

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

GRA­SONVILLE — Fire­fight­ers re­sponded to a boat­ing ac­ci­dent Satur­day af­ter­noon, Aug. 5, pulling a a man out of the wa­ter and res­cu­ing a small child from the wa­ter­craft in dis­tress.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port from Gra­sonville Vol­un­teer Fire De­part­ment As­sis­tant Chief Robert Marsh, Fire Boat 2 re­sponded to a re­port of boaters in dis­tress at about 4:30 p.m. in the Chester River at the north­ern end of the Kent Nar­rows.

Fire Boat 2, un­der the com­mand of Capt. Troy Til­gh­man, re­trieved the two vic­tims.

Candy Thomp­son, pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice, said James Pa­trick Walsh of An­napo­lis was op­er­at­ing the 10-foot in­flat­able ves­sel when he was thrown over­board. Walsh’s shirt be­came wrapped in the pro­peller, and he was un­able to free him­self as the craft cir­cled in the wa­ter.

Walsh’s 7-year-old grand­son was still in the ves­sel when Fire Boat 2 ar­rived on the scene, said Thomp­son. The boy was un­in­jured.

Walsh sus­tained a non-life threat­en­ing lac­er­a­tion to his left bi­cep and chest from the pro­peller and was flown by Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter to the Univer­sity of Mary­land Shock Trauma Cen­ter in Bal­ti­more for treat­ment.

Although the ex­act cause off the in­ci­dent is un­known, Thomp­son said she be­lieves chop to be a fac­tor, stat­ing there was a small craft ad­vi­sory in ef­fect on Satur­day.

Units from Gra­sonville Fire De­part­ment, Queen Anne’s County De­part­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices and Mary­land State Po­lice Avi­a­tion re­sponded to the call, Marsh said.

The ac­ci­dent re­mains un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion by the Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice.

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