Man injured in Chester River boating accident
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.