Miss­ing kayaker’s body found in St. Ge­orge Creek

Search for man in­cluded fire­fight­ers and sea­far­ers

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By JOHN WHAR­TON jwhar­ton@somd­news.com

The body of a miss­ing Piney Point man was found Tues­day morn­ing in St. Ge­orge Creek, author­i­ties con­firmed, af­ter an ex­ten­sive two-day search of the wa­ter­way where his kayak was found stowed on land near a sea­men’s school.

The death of 58-year-old Ron­ald Henry Wester­field is con­sid­ered to be “ac­ci­den­tal,” a se­nior law of­fi­cer said amid the pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion, and con­sis­tent with re­ports that Wester­field fre­quently would se­cure the kayak be­fore tak­ing a swim. He had last been seen kayak­ing at about 1 p.m. Satur­day, ac­cord­ing to the St. Mary’s sher­iff’s of­fice, and when he did not show up at work on Mon­day morn­ing, a miss­ing per­son’s re­port was fol­lowed

by an ex­ten­sive search.

“We cov­ered as much ter­ri­tory as we could. We stayed out un­til close to dark,” 2nd Dis­trict Vol­un­teer Fire Chief Gary Joy said Tues­day of the re­sponse also joined by Ridge, 7th Dis­trict and Bay Dis­trict fire­fight­ers, along with a Mary­land State Po­lice he­li­copter crew and per­son­nel from the Sea­far­ers Harry Lun­de­berg School of Sea­man­ship.

On Tues­day morn­ing, Mary­land Nat­u­ral Re­sources Po­lice, as­sist­ing sher­iff’s of­fice in­ves­ti­ga­tors, found the body in “three feet of wa­ter al­most di­rectly across from the Lun­de­berg school,” the fire chief said.

Wester­field

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