Boaters run atop barge in Ch­ester River

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CH­ESTER­TOWN — The Mary­land Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources res­cued three men Fri­day night, July 29, from a power­boat that be­came lodged on a barge in the Ch­ester River.

At about 10:12 p.m. Fri­day, units were dis­patched for a boat­ing ac­ci­dent in the Ch­ester River near the Fish Whis­tle Res­tau­rant and the Ch­ester River Bridge.

Candy Thomp­son, spokesman for the Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice said Kent County 911 re­ceived a call re­port­ing a boat with three men on board had hit a barge in the Ch­ester River, north of Spa­niard Point.

Ar­riv­ing in the area, ma­rine units could not lo­cate the in­ci­dent im­me­di­ately. Thomp­son said the con­di­tions were pitch black, com­pli­cat­ing the ef­forts.

Af­ter about 30 min­utes of search­ing down river, the re­spond­ing of­fi­cers found a de­bris field in the wa­ter.

Af­ter fur­ther search­ing, it was dis­cov­ered a power­boat was lodged on a barge an­chored about 30 yards off­shore.

The two units that re­sponded from the Depart­ment of Nat­u­ral Re­sources res­cued the men from the barge and brought them aboard the DNR ves­sel, Thomp­son said.

The barge, owned by Coastal Dock and Pyle Com­pany of Ch­ester, was lo­cated about a half mile south­east of the Ch­ester River Yacht & Coun­try Club, in the area where the river makes a sweep­ing bend. The boaters were found on the Queen Anne’s County side.

The op­er­a­tor of the boat was iden­ti­fied as David A. Hale, 49, of Penn­syl­va­nia. Hale was car­ry­ing two pas­sen­gers, a 26-year-old man also from Penn­syl­va­nia and a 23-year-old man from Mary­land; their names have not been re­leased.

The men were taken to shore, trans­ferred to wait­ing am­bu­lances at the Ch­ester River Yacht & Coun­try Club and taken to Univer­sity of Mary­land Shore Med­i­cal Cen­ter at Ch­ester town.

Their con­di­tions are not known at press time. Thomp­son did not be­lieve the in­juries to be se­ri­ous.

The U.S. Coast Guard was no­ti­fied of the in­ci­dent. Units re­port­edly cleared the scene at 11:58 p.m.

Re­cover y op­er­a­tions for the dam­aged boat are be­ing han­dled by the U.S. Army Corps of Engi­neers.

Land units that re­sponded to this in­ci­dent were Ch­ester­town Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Com­mand 6, En­gine 6, Res­cue 6; Kent and Queen Anne’s Res­cue Squad Am­bu­lance 8, Am­bu­lance 8-1; Kent County EMS/Paramedics; and Crump­ton (Queen Anne’s) Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Am­bu­lance 70.

Ma­rine units re­spond­ing were Kent and Queen Anne’s Res­cue Squad Boat 8, Boat 8-1; Galena Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Boat 3; Bet­ter­ton Vol­un­teer Fire Co­many Boat 5; Rock Hall Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany Boat 7; and Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sor­ces Po­lice.


A boat, the Whistlin’ Dixie, ran into a barge on the Ch­ester River, late Fri­day evening, July 29.


A boat con­tain­ing three men ran into a barge on the Ch­ester River near the Ch­ester­town Bridge, Fri­day, July 29.

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