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Lt. Beth Mauk with the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the agency does get calls from St. Mary’s about derelict boats. The agency has removed everything from small, sunken sailboats to large, broken-down houseboats from the region’s waters.

Get the ENTIRE story via SoMdNews.com: Abandoned boats can lead to removal, fines.

Annapolis Police say someone stole a cargo trailer with sails and tools from Bert Jabin’s Yacht Yard sometime between Sunday and Monday.

Get the ENTIRE story here:  Trailer Stolen With $150,000 of Boating Equipment – Annapolis, MD Patch.

A Charles County man was sentenced to serve two days in the St. Mary’s County jail after he pleaded guilty last week to driving under the influence of alcohol in a crash last June on North Sandgates Road that police reported involved two vehicles pulling boat trailers.

Get the ENTIRE story via SoMdNews.com: Drunk driver in boat trailers’ crash sentenced to jail.

In this case, NRP will have to wait for the blood kit results and the completion of the investigation before filing charges. Albert told Patch that charges will likely be filed in December, but could also happen in early January 2013.

Get the ENTIRE story via Boat Crash Update: No Blood Kit Results, No Charges – Pasadena, MD Patch.

A 30-year-old Charlotte Hall man drowned while fishing late Friday afternoon after his kayak overturned on Trinity Lake off Trinity Church Road in Allens Fresh, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office reported.

via SoMdNews.com: Man drowns after kayak overturns.

Officials say Raymond Hostetler Yoder was fishing out of a kayak on Trinity Lake about 5:30 p.m. Friday when the kayak flipped over. The sheriff’s office says Yoder fell out and did not resurface.

The Washington Post has the ENTIRE story: Charles County officials: Drowning of 30-year-old man in Charlotte Hall appears accidental – The Washington Post.

(He was NOT wearing a life jacket.)

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A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May, N.J., transfers to local EMS personnel a man who went overboard when his kayak overturned near the entrance of Delaware Bay Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. The 65-year-old man was wearing his life jacket. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Stilp


ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The Coast Guard rescued a kayaker Sunday whose kayak overturned sending him into the water near the entrance of the Delaware Bay.

A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May responded to the call and transferred the 65-year-old man, who was wearing his life jacket, to awaiting EMS personnel ashore at Station Cape May.

Watchstanders from Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay received the initial notification from the Cape May-Lewes Ferry captain. The kayaker is reported to have been in the water from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. He was treated for mild hypothermia.

“Luckily he was wearing his life jacket,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Herman Kaiser, a Station Cape May crewmember and coxswain on the case. “That’s probably what saved his life.”

Station Cape May is a multi-mission unit that conducts search and rescue, law enforcement, marine environmental protection, and ports, waterways and coastal security missions in the Delaware Bay, Intracoastal Waterway and Atlantic Ocean.


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Mechanicsville, Md. (September 10, 2012) ─ The Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) responded to the scene of a fatal boating incident at 8:45am on 9-9-12, approximately one mile south of Sheridan Point in the Patuxent River. Lewis Jack Sprouse, 29, of Harwood, Md. was fishing a trotline for crabs when his foot got tangled in the line and he was pulled overboard, striking the boats propeller.

After Sprouse was pulled into the water, witnesses said they saw the boat going in circles then coming to a stop after his body struck the propeller, stalling the engine. Sprouse was the driver of the boat, a 17-foot Mako. His body was recovered by Charles County dive team.

NRP was assisted by the dive team and members of the Benedict Volunteer Fire Department. The victim’s body was taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.


Annapolis, Md. (September 13, 2012) ─ The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Office of Communications today unveiled the brand new AccessDNR Newsroom ─ a more interactive, user-friendly way for DNR to share its latest news and happenings with the public and members of the media.

“The internet and social media have opened the stream of information directly to our customers and stakeholders,” said Josh Davidsburg, DNR senior communication manager. “Through this new format, we’re going to make it easier ─ and more importantly, faster ─ for the public to get critical information directly from our scientific experts, resource managers and policy makers.”

The new format will allow anyone to sign up for email alerts and RSS feeds, and allows users to easily find their way through news, videos and social media. Users will be able to share news posts with their Facebook friends and Twitter followers with the simple click of a button.

“Social media is quickly becoming an alternative outlet for the public to consume news,” said Lori Livingston, DNR social media manager. “The newly designed newsroom will give our followers the opportunity to learn, share and discuss what’s going on in the department with others.”

As news has broken away from the cycle system and developed into a constant flow, 24 hours a day, DNR is also moving towards a daily posting cycle. DNR will post news as it breaks, allowing readers the fastest access to what is happening in the department. These updates can be easily accessed from a computer, tablet or Smartphone.

To check out the newsroom or to sign up to receive RSS feeds, citizens may visit http://news.maryland.gov/dnr.


Press release of 9/6/2012

Gibson Island, Md. (September 6, 2012) ─The Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) recovered the body of Jason Ryman, 27, of Philadelphia on September 6th. Ryman went missing the on September 3rd  when strong winds caused him to fall into the water while boating.

Ryman was boating in the Six Foot Knoll area of the Chesapeake Bay, North of Gibson Island with family and friends when a storm with high wind gusts caused the sailboat he was on to tilt to the right. Ryman and Hannah Kahn, 26, also of Philadelphia, slid off the boat and into the water. The boat’s operator was able to pick-up Ms. Kahn from the water and said he could see Ryman in the water but was unable to reach him.

The boats operator immediately contacted the United States Coast Guard, and provided his GPS coordinates, at around 12:50 p.m. Units from Anne Arundel Fire and Rescue and the Coast Guard responded to the scene and began the search for Ryman.

NRP recovered Ryman’s body at approximately 9:30 a.m. on September 6.  His body will be sent to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.




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