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There was a search under way last night for a waterman who went overboard around 5 miles of Tangier Island.

The incident occurred around early afternoon when the U.S. Coast Guard received a report that a 40 foot crabbing boat was taking on water.

WBOC reports that the island’s Mayor James Eskridge said the man and his son went overboard and that they were not wearing life jackets.

The Coast Guard said that the son was rescued by another boat.

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Officials have identified 20 year old Maurice Wright of Norfolk as an apparent drowning victim who was last seen on Sunday afternoon near the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was wading from the beach to a pontoon when he disappeared under the surface of the water.

He was not wearing a life jacket.

The paper reports that the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search last night.


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard says a 20-year-old man is missing after he went underwater near Smith Island on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The Coast Guard reports that the man was wading from the beach to a pontoon boat about 20 feet offshore when he went underwater around 2 p.m. Sunday and did not resurface. He was not wearing a life jacket.

Coast Guard crews are searching for the man along with Virginia Marine Police and Virginia Beach firefighters.

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SLAUGHTER BEACH, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a missing father and son were found on their disabled boat in the Delaware Bay after a seven-hour search.

The Coast Guard said in a news release Monday that they went boating near Cedar Creek Boat Ramp on Sunday afternoon, but the Coast Guard received a report from a 911 dispatcher Sunday night that they were overdue.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - Coast Guard officials are planning an active shooter drill at the U.S. Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore.

The Coast Guard says in a statement that the drill will take place Wednesday at 11 a.m. and that the facility will be on lockdown for the exercise.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Dottie Mitchell says the drill is an annual event at the shipyard and is expected to last 15 to 30 minutes.

More than 2,000 people work on the Yard base.

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WINGATE, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says a boat that sank in the Chesapeake Bay - sparking the emergency rescue of two dozen passengers including schoolchildren - was in a prohibited area.

Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class David Marin said by telephone that the boat was in an off-limits area when a distress call went out Wednesday evening. Authorities say boat and helicopter crews were launched but a commercial boat arrived, rescued everyone and took them to shore.

Marin said the area was off-limits because of obstructions in the water.

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WINGATE, Md. (AP) - Authorities say a good Samaritan rescued 22 people, including schoolchildren, after their boat sank in the Chesapeake Bay.

The U.S. Coast Guard said in a statement it received a distress alert Wednesday saying a boat had sunk off Bloodsworth Island.

The statement says boat and helicopter crews were launched but a good Samaritan arrived, took the boaters aboard and brought them to shore in Wingate, where they were transferred to EMS personnel.

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Six people were rescued off Kent Island.

The U.S. Coast Guard along with the Annapolis Fire Boat and Station Annapolis crews found the boat taking on water.

They helped keep the vessel afloat and Personnel TowBoatUS finished de-watering bringing it to safety at the Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Coast Guard was first notified when it received a distress call that the 23-foot boat was taking on water on Saturday.

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The U.S Coast Guard and other agencies are now searching the waters of the Choptank River for a 63 year old Easton man whose boat ran aground off Riverpoint Road last night.

WBOC reports that a spokesperson for the Maryland Natural Resources Police said the incident involved a 27-foot cabin cruiser near Cambridge sometime around 7:30 p.m.

The television station reports that the search resumed this morning and covers the area from La Trappe Creek and Tood Point to the mouth of the Choptank.

The man’s identity has not been released.


PORTSMOUTH, Va. (AP) - The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a 50-year-old captain of a fishing vessel who apparently fell overboard east of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel.

Crew from the 31-foot boat called the Coast Guard on Sunday to report Richard Nee missing. The boat was anchored south of Fisherman's Island near the entrance of the Chesapeake Bay.

Crew members said they believed Nee fell overboard while they were sleeping late Saturday or early Sunday.

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. (AP) - Rehoboth Beach Police say a fifth lifeguard stand missing from the beach has been found off the coast of Ocean City, Maryland.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that the stand, one of seven that disappeared last week, was spotted on Tuesday.

A fishing boat spotted two stands floating about two miles offshore near Fenwick Island on Saturday and brought one back to shore. Officials say the U.S. Coast Guard brought in two. On Monday, a fourth was found washed up on a private beach in Bethany Beach.


The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a missing 15-year old boy who was last seen struggling against the current off Cape Charles on Sunday night.

The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. when a man who emerged fatigued from the water who said he was with a boy who apparently is now missing.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that the Coast Guard has a 25 foot boat from Station Cape Charles as well as a helicopter from Air Station Elizabeth City involved in the search.  

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51-year old Douglas Romano who was a teacher at Stephen Decatur Middle School has died in an apparent boating accident.

His body was recovered in the Potomac River yesterday.

He was looking for fossils along the shoreline on Sunday

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that when he did not return his family contacted authorities.

His skiff was discovered overturned near Cobb Island yesterday after a search by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Coast guard.

An official said there were no signs of foul play.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued two men after their boat began sinking in the Chesapeake Bay.

Coast Guard officials got a call around 3 p.m. Sunday reporting that two men were on board a sinking boat near the Thomas Point Shoal Lighthouse near Annapolis. Coast Guard crews from Annapolis and Maryland State Police responded to the scene and found the boaters in about 20 minutes.

Crews gave the men life jackets and began removing water from the boat, which was then towed to a marina. No one was hurt.


A tractor-trailer has gone over the side of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel into the water this morning after hitting a light pole.

The Virginia Pilot is reporting that the Virginia Beach Fire Department Battalion said the truck went over at the 15 mile marker.

The paper says that the U.S. Coast Guard says navy divers have located one person in the water who was unresponsive.

The Navy has a helicopter at the scene along with the divers.


OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard has rescued two boaters from a capsized sailboat in the St. Martin River near Ocean City.

After receiving a report of an overturned sailboat on Monday afternoon, a Coast Guard crew headed to the area and found one boater trying to right the boat.  The Coast Guard says the crew rescued a second boater who had drifted about 25 yards from the boat, then returned to pull the first boater from the boat.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - The Coast Guard rescued an oil tanker crewman after he suffered a head injury about 60 miles east of Ocean City.

The Coast Guard says one of its helicopters picked up the 47-year-old man Thursday from the Hellas Endurance, a 500-foot, Greek-flagged tanker.

The tanker contacted the Coast Guard about 6:50 a.m. Thursday to report the man needed immediate medical attention. The Coast Guard sent a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City in New Jersey. Fog created low visibility, so pilots used radar to find the ship.