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STEVENSVILLE, Md. (AP) - Maryland authorities say the body of a missing Silver Spring boater has been found.

Authorities say the body of 32-year-old Javier A. Sotelo was found Wednesday.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says they've been searching for Sotelo since he disappeared in the water Sunday when the boat he was operating capsized, near Kent Island in the Chesapeake Bay.

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A swimmer was rescued from an unguarded area near Rehoboth and Dewey Beach.

The Delaware’s Natural Resources Police with the help of a Delaware state police helicopter located the swimmer and took him to safety.

The swimmer had drifted a half mile from the shore line to the southern Dewey Beach.

The state police told WBOC that the outgoing tide along with a strong south wind pushed the swimmer from the shoreline.

State officials said that the waters along the coast line are strong with tidal or rip currents that can pull a swimmer out to sea. 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland Natural Resources Police rescued seven people after their motorboat capsized on Whitehall Bay near Annapolis, police said.

Police tell the Capital of Annapolis that a patrol boat was returning from a wreath-laying ceremony at City Dock on Monday when officers saw people in the water.

Authorities say the boat flipped on its side after hitting a sandbar and then was hit by a wave.

All seven people, who had been out fishing, were pulled into the patrol boat.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Natural Resources Police say a man was severely injured when he was struck by a boat's propeller in Ocean City.

The Daily Times of Salisbury reports that it happened about 5 p.m. Monday in Isle of Wight Bay. Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candus Thomson says several friends were on a rented 22-foot pontoon boat.

Thomson says 26-year-old John Scott Hauf of Sykesville jumped off the bow of the boat and was hit by the propeller, suffering severe cuts to his shoulders, neck and head.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Maryland's Natural Resources Police have come up with a highly visible way of promoting boater safety.

The agency has declared Friday "Wear Your Life Jacket to Work Day." Officers are urging people to join them in wearing personal flotation devices in the workplace.

Superintendent George Johnson says any fear of a fashion failure should be outweighed by the prospect of preventing even one fatality on Maryland waterways.

This is the second year of the promotion. It's a kickoff for National Safe Boating Week, which begins Saturday.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is clamping down on poaching in the Chesapeake Bay with radar and more cameras.

Later this year the maritime Law Enforcement Information Network is set to go online with 24/7 surveillance of areas in the Chesapeake Bay.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that more than a year ago there were efforts to put GPS units on all boats.

But that was turned down by the US Supreme Court on a 5-to-4 vote ruling that it was a violation of the Constitution and would require a warrant or a judge’s consent.

 

            State Senator Rich Colburn wants to double the number of Natural Resources Police patrolling Maryland’s waterways.

            The Eastern Shore Republican told the Salisbury Daily Times…that there are not enough police officers to enforce the laws.

            While the state Department of Management and Budget calls the proposal well intended, it says, any such increase in staffing would impact other parts of the state budget.

            Colburn says that DNR would only get the additional personnel if the money was available.