Missing kayaker’s body found in St. George Creek
Search for man included firefighters and seafarers
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.