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Annapolis, Md. (August 5, 2011) – The (NRP) are asking mariners to plan for and to safeguard their boats, given the recent activity in the Atlantic Ocean.

“Planning is the key to minimizing injury and loss of life,” said Col. George Johnson IV. “Boaters need to make plans well in advance of a so that definite , or hauling arrangements can be performed quickly and without delay.”

When deciding on storm preparation plans, mariners need to consider size, type of boat and location. Current boat locations may not offer protection from high winds or tides. Boaters should consider the following when making arrangement for their vessels:

  • Remove valuable equipment from a boat to protect it from damage.
  • Consider removing a boat from the water to reduce damage from storm surge. Boats on land should be properly stored or tied down to prevent being damaged by winds. Small open boats can be filled with water to lessen the effect of the wind.
  • Boats remaining in the water should be moored in safe areas or berths. Lines should be doubled and high on pilings. Remember storm surges can cause tides over the pilings.
  • Install fenders to protect boats from pilings, piers or other vessels.
  • Ensure work properly and batteries that run the pumps are fully charged.
  • Seal all openings to make the vessel watertight.
  • Collect all documents, including . Take photographs of boats and equipment for insurance
  • Do not stay aboard boats during storms. Safeguard human life.

Boaters should take these actions at least 48-72 hours prior to the event to accommodate unforeseen problems. During the storm, occupants should be off the water and in safe shelters.  NRP reminds boaters that storm conditions can delay or prevent response from emergency personnel.

Additional information on hurricane preparedness may be found at http://www.fema.gov/hazard/hurricane/index.shtm  and  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/outreach/prepared_week.shtml

   August 5, 2011

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th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Aug 7, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
(757) 309-3828

BALTIMORE — The 25-year-old man who was reported missing in Piney Creek Cove, Md., returned safely, Sunday.

Sweitzer returned safely to a residence, which was confirmed by at approximately 8:15 a.m.

Sweitzer was reported missing after he and friends went for a swim early Sunday morning in Piney Creek Cove.

A 25-foot – Small crew from Coast Guard Station Stillpond, Md., an MH-65 Dolphin from Atlantic City, N.J., along with Maryland State Police and Police responded. arrived on scene at approximately 5:40 a.m. and began searching for Sweitzer.

There are no reports of injuries.

All Coast Guard units have returned to base.

(All kayakers should remember to file a float plan before getting on the water. This includes a departure and return time. Having a way to communicate with the outside world is a good idea as well. A portable marine is your best bet to contact the Coast Guard in cae of an emergency.)

5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Jul 31, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — Coast Guard and local agencies ended their search for a after divers recovered the man Sunday morning in the waters of the Riviera Beach Channel.

Coast Guard watchstanders were notified by Fire Department at 5:35 p.m., when he was reported to have not resurfaced after going into the water from an 18-foot Saturday.

A 25-foot -Small crew from Coast Guard Station , Md., along with crews from ,  Maryland and participated in the search for the man.

Maryland NRP is leading the accident investigation.


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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Jul 30, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — and local authorities are searching for a 48-year-old male in the waters off Riviera Beach Saturday.

Missing is Charles Ryder.

Coast Guard watchstanders were notified by Fire Department at 5:35 p.m. after Ryder went missing.

Ryder was reported to have not resurfaced after going into the water from an 18-foot .

A 25-foot Response Boat – Small crew from Coast Guard Station , Md., along with crews from Anne Arundel County FD,  Maryland and are on scene searching for Ryder.



(July 25, 2011) – The (NRP) responded to several incidents at Saturday’s Bumper Bash at Dobbins Island in the . The event was attended by an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 people with approximately 500 vessels. NRP and Anne Arundel County Police responded to 14 fights/ disorderly situations, arrested three for operating a vessel while intoxicated and one on an outstanding warrant. NRP also charged one with theft and charged two with underage possession of an alcoholic beverage. Officers issued 59 citations and gave out 44 warnings. The responded to ten medical incidents where three were transported to area medical centers for minor injuries.

Kent County – NRP continues to search for Andrew Michal Bauer, 34, of West Chester, Pa.  Bauer was last seen at 3:45 p.m. on July 23 when he went to pick up some friends in a 10-foot grey dingy on the Sassafras River near Kennedyville, Md. Bauer’s unoccupied vessel was found at 5:50 p.m. near Ordinary Point on the Sassafras River. NRP, (MSP) aviation and the U.S. Coast Guard searched Saturday and Sunday. The Coast Guard suspended their search and NRP and MSP aviation continue to search today.

NRP is investigating the incident and would encourage the public to call 800-628-9944 if Bauer has been seen or a vessel similar to his was observed on the Sassafras River on Saturday. Bauer is described as a white male 6 feet, 3 inches tall, 200 pounds, shaved head, goatee and tattoos on both arms.

’s County – NRP and Anne Arundel County Fire rescued three people after a at 2:55 p.m. on July 24, south of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Dennis Junior Sorzano, 38 of Hyattsville, Dennis Conrad Sorzano of Hyattsville, and Vernon Dominique, 83 of Capital Heights were pulled from the water after their 15-foot Cobia capsized during a thunderstorm.



5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Jul 5, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard has suspended its search Tuesday, for a 25-year old man who went missing in the Magothy River near Annapolis, Md., Monday afternoon.

Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders received notification via a 911 relay call at approximately 4:30 p.m. that two people fell into the water from a 16-foot skiff.

One person was rescued by a good Samaritan with no reported injuries, and the other went missing and has not been found.

A 25-foot – Small crew from Coast Guard was dispatched, along with a , Maryland Natural Resources Police, and a BoatU.S. crew.

A morning search by an  crew from Atlantic City, N.J., was completed at approximately 6:45 a.m. The Coast Guard spent 14 hours searching for the man, which covered approximately 12 square miles.

The search was suspended at 12:08 p.m., pending further developments.

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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Jun 25, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — Coast Guard, state and local agencies are searching for a 55-year-old male in the in the vicinity of Aberdeen, Md., Saturday.

911 dispatch called Coast Guard watchstanders at 6:24 p.m. reporting the man had fallen overboard from a pontoon boat while crabbing and had not resurfaced.

A crew from Coast Guard Station Stillpond, a Atlantic City, N.J., HH-65 , a along with personnel from Police and Police Department are currently on scene to searching for the man.


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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Jun 11, 2011

Contact: 5th District Public Affairs
(757) 398-6272

OCEAN CITY, Md. — One boater died and five were rescued by the Coast Guard in the vicinity of Ocean City Inlet after their boat capsized Saturday morning.

A contacted Coast Guard watchstanders at approximately 9 a.m. and reported that an 18-foot pleasure boat capsized at the mouth of the inlet, and the people went in the water.

Two boat crews from Station Ocean City responded and recovered all six people.

The crews recovered one man who was unconscious and unresponsive. The crew performed CPR until they transferred him to emergency medical services personnel waiting at Station Ocean City.

He was taken to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Md., where he was pronounced dead.

also responded from the Coast Guard Cutter Shearwater, and Maryland .

Police are investigating the cause of the incident. (Corrected by USCG on 6/14/11. Originally read Maryland State Police.)


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5th District Public Affairs
U.S. Coast Guard
News Release
Date: Jun 8, 2011

Contact: Public Affairs Det. Baltimore
(410) 576-2541

BALTIMORE — from , Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., and local agencies are searching for a missing boater in Chester River near Annapolis, Md., Wednesday.

Missing is James Schmidt, 47.

At approximately 4:30 p.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard received a report from the Police of a person in the water.

Schmidt was reported to be out in a 20-foot center console boat with his father and his 7-year-old nephew at the time of the incident. Schmidt and his nephew entered the water and were swept away by the current. The boy was rescued on a nearby shore by an MNRP boat crew.

crews from Station Annapolis, Air Station Atlantic City, MNRP, Kent County and Queen Ann’s fire departments, and a Maryland Sate Police are currently on scene searching for Schmidt.


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Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office
410-713-8449    cell

Annapolis, Md. (May 31, 2011) The Maryland (NRP) has issued an Upper Advisory through Friday. Using information from the National Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), NRP urges citizens to avoid boating and other recreational use of the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams.

This advisory is from May 31, 2011 through June 03, 2011 and will be updated at that time if necessary.

Due to recent precipitation, river levels remain hazardous for recreational use on the entire main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Paw Paw to Little Falls.

Hazardous stages are water levels which pose a threat to non white- water vessels, tubers, swimmers and other recreational users and are caused by wave action, water velocity, and treacherous currents.  This hazardous condition may exist on tributaries of the Potomac River.

This warning does not apply to professionally guided river trips. The public is reminded that river travel involves risks. Water and boating safety should be of utmost importance.  NRP reminds boaters to always wear a .

For more the latest information on Potomac River conditions between Cumberland and Little Falls, call the at 703-996-2200.


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