Captain Kenny Gray and the crew of the Just Right V were around 32 miles offshore from Ocean City when they spotted a small overturned boat over on the first day of the White Marlin Open.
It was the catamaran Naughty Cat which had flipped over.
Gray told the Salisbury Daily Times that he saw the boat’s owner John Maroulis standing on the overturned hull with another survivor Gus Bacoordos who is owner’s cousin clinging to a cooler.
Gray said that the owner told him there were two more people on board and that he wanted to go back.
But Gray told the paper he did not want to lose anyone else.
He said he was surprised they didn’t just get out of the boat.
Gray added, that they heard them hollering from inside the boat but they just couldn’t get to them.
Despite rescue efforts two of four people on board drowned.
The victims were Fredy Fabricio-Castro, of Silver Spring, and William Gogel, of Baltimore.