Smith Point Sea Rescue April mission report
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. Three rescue vessels with crews are standing by at all times. Rescue I and II are based on the Great Wicomico River and Rescue III is located on Lodge Creek off the Yeocomico River.
April 18 at 8:00 p.m. a boater called for assistance from Sandy Point on the Great Wicomico River. Rescue I was dispatched to assist. On approach the boater called to inform Rescue I that he was being assisted by a local boater and was safe. Time on call 1 hour.
April 18 at 5:55 p.m. the sheriff’s office dispatched Rescue III to assist a 50’ buy boat located near buoy #7 on the Potomac River. The captain reported he had lost electrical power to the wheelhouse, leaving him without lights or navigation. Rescue III escorted the boat to Olverson’s Marina where repairs were made. Time on call 3 ½ hours.
April 19 at 10:50 a.m. Rescue III responded to a 25’ powerboat stranded off Ragged Point in the Potomac River. The boat with three aboard had lost steering and was towed to Coles Point Marina for repairs. Time on call 2 hours.
April 26 at 12:30 p.m. Rescue III was dispatched to assist a 34’ sailboat adrift at the Birthday Cake on the Potomac River. The boat’s engine quit and with no wind was unable to make way. Rescue III towed the boat to Olverson’s Marina and inserted it into its slip. Time on call 1 ½ hours.
April 29 at 8:00 p.m. the sheriff’s office requested assistance to remove a crewman from a 60’ tugboat. The tug was traveling north up the Bay towing a barge. There had just been a fatal accident in the family of the crewman. Rescue I intercepted the tug near GWB#1. With both vessels underway the crewman was retrieved and returned to Reedville where he was driven to his parent’s home. Time on call 2 hours.
April 30 at 10 a.m. Rescue I was dispatched to assist a 29’ sailboat in Cockrell Creek. The captain reported his engine had failed. Rescue I towed the sailboat to a private dock in Cockrell Creek. Time on call 1 hour.
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 operations for the year.
Visit the Smith Point Sea Rescue Web site at http://www.smithpointsearescue.com and our
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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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