The U.S. Coast Guard recently removed the Great Wicomico Light, a navigation mark locally known as the “spider light.” Boaters leaving Reedville or the Great Wicomico River should travel all the way to the red #4 then directly to the red #2 to avoid a submerged rock pile just to the north of this line. There is currently a small unlighted white buoy over the rocks.
Smith Point Sea Rescue August
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 the Yeocomico River.
August 8: At 3pm a boater called 911 and reported he had lost engine power on his 27’ sailboat. The Sheriff requested help from Rescue 1 out of Reedville. The sailboat was adrift in heavy wind near Dameron Marsh. Upon arrival at the scene the Rescue 1 crew discovered the sailboat under tow to Ingram Bay Marina. Time on call, 1.5 hours.
August 14: At 7pm the captain on a 21’ skiff called to report his engine had failed in Ingram Bay. Rescue 1 located the boat and towed it to the owner’s dock on Crane Creek. Time on call, 1 hour.
August 15: At 3:45pm Smith Point Sea Rescue was called to tow a 20’ Sea Ray with engine failure from the upper Great Wicomico River to a ramp where the boat owner’s trailer was located. Time on call, 2 hours.
August 22: At 9:30am the Sheriff received a call from a commercial crab fisherman that he’d lost engine power and was being swept ashore by wind and waves along Hughlett Point. Rescue 1 was dispatched from Reedville but could not approach the disabled vessel in such shallow water. The crew returned to their boathouse then drove a vehicle to Hughlett Point where they found the 24’ crabbing boat beached with no occupant. They secured the boat higher onto the beach and called the sheriff who reported the crabber was safe and no longer needed assistance. Time on call, 2 hours.
August 26: At 3pm the skipper of a 22’ Sting Ray Bowrider with three aboard called to report his engine would not start. He was adrift near upper Mill Creek off Ingram Bay. Rescue 1 was dispatched and towed the vessel to Buzzard’s Point Marina for repairs. Time on call, 2 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. The organization receives no governmental monetary support and depends solely on donations to fund their operations for the year.
Visit the Smith Point Sea Rescue Web site at http://www.smithpointsearescue.com and our
FACEBOOK page at https://www.facebook.com/SmithPointSeaRescue?sk=wall .
Donations can be mailed to:
Smith Point Sea Rescue
P.O. Box 662
Burgess, VA 22432
Your safety is our primary concern.
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