Boaters run atop barge in Chester River
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.