May 7: At 10:45 a.m., the sheriff’s office dispatched Rescue I from Reedville to assist a boater in a 21’ center console whose engine had failed. The boat was found at buoy 72B in the Bay and towed to the owner’s dock in Bridge Creek. Time on call, 4.5 hours.
May 9: At 3:10 p.m. Sea Rescue was called to assist a 36’ motor yacht that was taking on water at Olverson’s Marina. Rescue III towed the boat to Krentz Marine Railway where it was hauled for repairs. Time on call, 1 hour.
May 9: At 4:35 p.m., a 41’ sailboat lost power in Mill Creek off the Yeocomico River. Rescue III towed the disabled boat to the owner’s dock in Lodge Creek. Time on call, 1 hour.
May 13: At 10:40 a.m., a waterfront resident called the sheriff’s office to report a 14’ Carolina Skiff in the Potomac River off Hull Creek with one aboard traveling in tight circles. The resident was concerned because there was high wind and rough seas.
A member of Sea Rescue who lives on Hull Creek drove to the mouth of Hull Creek and determined that the boat was a waterman working his crab line. The sheriff’s office was notified and the mission canceled. Time on call, 1.5 hours.
May 21: At 4 p.m. a resident on Bridge Creek called to report a flooded 20’ center console pinned against his dock. The boat’s owner, who was away on vacation, was identified by tracing the boat’s registration number. The crew pumped the boat out, towed it to the owner’s dock and put it back on its lift. Time on call, 2.5 hours.
May 23: At 7:30 p.m., a boater called to report his engine had died near the target ships in the Bay. Rescue III was dispatched and could not locate the vessel in the dark. The crew asked the captain to fire a flare and the boat was found well away from its reported location.
The crew contacted the Coast Guard to inform them that a flare had been fired but that the boat was under tow. The boat, with two aboard, was towed to Lodge landing where the owner’s trailer was parked. Time on call, 3.5 hours.
May 23: At 1:30 p.m., a power boater’s engine failed near buoy #9 in the Great Wicomico River. Rescue I was dispatched and towed the boat and its two occupants to Buzzard’s Point Marina for repairs. Time on call, 1 hour.
May 26: At 1:30 p.m., a 31’ cabin cruiser with one aboard was reported to be disabled and aground in Spencer Creek off the Little Wicomico River. Rescue III responded and towed the vessel to Jennings Boatyard for repairs. Time on call, 3.5 hours.
May 27: At 5:10 p.m., a captain on a 25’ sailboat called for assistance in Cockrell’s Creek as his engine had failed and he had blown past his marina. Rescue I was dispatched and towed the craft to Jennings Boatyard. Time on call, 1 hour.
May 30: At 7:30 p.m., a 42’ sailboat reported it was aground in the Yeocomico River on the approach to Port Kinsale. Rescue III responded and on arrival discovered that with the falling tide the vessel had just been able to free itself and was safe and underway. Time on call, 1 hour.
May 30: At 8:30 p.m., in high wind and heavy seas, a 29’ sailboat was driven hard aground on the sandbar near B-4 on the Great Wicomico River. Rescue I and Rescue III attempted without success to pull the boat free.
The two passengers were able to wade ashore where they spent the night in the home of a waterfront resident. The following morning in calm seas, Rescue III returned and was able to pull the sailboat free and tow it to Jennings Boatyard for repairs.
Smith Point Sea Rescue can be reached on channel 16 or by calling 911. Rescue I and II are based on the Great Wicomico River and Rescue III is on Lodge Creek off the Yeocomico River.