August 2014 ACTIVITY
Smith Point Sea Rescue responded to a variety of calls for assistance which are listed below. Smith Point Sea Rescue can be reached 24/7 by calling on channel 16 or by calling 911. Rescue I and Rescue II are based on the Great Wicomico River and Rescue III is located on Lodge Creek off of the Yeocomico River.
August 2nd at 9:15AM Rescue I responded to a 21’skiff near B-4 at the mouth of the Great Wicomico River whose engine had stopped. The boat was towed to Buzzards Point Marina. Time on call 1 ¼ hours.
August 10th at 3:30PM the sheriff’s office received a call of a boat drifting near shore at Blackberry on the Bay. Due to the fact the boat was in such shallow water both Rescue I and Rescue II responded. The boat had not been used for some time which probably resulted in the engine quitting and the anchor was allegedly stolen. The boat was towed to Buzzards Point Marina. Time on call 1 ½ hours.
August 13th at 6:20 PM the sheriff’s office received a call from someone on shore of a boat adrift and the people waving their arms. The boat was reported to be close to shore so Rescue I and Rescue II responded. After ¾ of an hour of searching and not finding the boat the mission was aborted. Time on call 1 ½ hours.
August 30th at 10:25 AM Rescue III responded to a 35’ sailboat whose engine stopped due to a fuel pump failure. The boat was located on the Yeocomico River at Mill Creek and was towed to Olverson’s Marina. Time on call 1 hour.
August 31st at 3:15 PM a call was received from the Sheriff’s office of a 15’ center console adrift near Vir Mar Beach on the Potomac with 3 aboard. The boat was towed to the Little Wicomico River. Time on call 2 ¾ hours.
September 1st a third party call through the sheriff’s office that a pontoon boat was broken down 200 yards off of Vir Mar Beach. Rescue III got under way and were told by the sheriff’s office that someone had taken the boat some gas and they were headed home. Rescue II returned to base. Time on call ¾ hours.
September 2nd at 7:05 PM Rescue I responded to a 46’ sailboat with 2 aboard aground on the wrong side of B2 leading into Cranes Creek. They were towed to deep water and given a suggestion as to where to anchor for the nighrt. Time on call 1 hour.
September 6th a call was received at 6:30PM that a 21’ pontoon boat with 7 aboard had a dead battery 1 mile NE of #3. Rescue III located the boat, gave them the battery pack to restart the engine, and followed them to the entrance to Hull Creek. Rescue II returned to base. Time on call 2 ½ hours.
Smith Point Sea Rescue is a totally volunteer rescue unit which serves boaters from Ragged Point to the mouth of the Potomac River, south to the Rappahannock River and across to the eastern shore. Smith Point Sea Rescue can be reached 24/7 by calling on channel 16 or by calling 911. The organization receives no governmental monetary support and depends solely on donations to fund their operation for the year.