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Sailboat on rocks of Lynch Point on the Potomac River on July 1.

       JUNE SMITH POINT SEA RESCUE MISSION REPORT  

 Smith Point Sea Rescue Vice President Jim Bullard reported crews recently responded to the following calls for assistance:

June 3:  At 9:30am Rescue 1 with a crew of four was dispatched from Reedville to Bridge Creek where a pontoon boat had experienced an engine problem. The party boat was towed to Smith Point Marina where repairs could be made. Time on call, 2 hours

June 9: At 7:30am a homeowner on Reason Creek off the Great Wicomico reported that his 27’ Sportcraft cabin cruiser had sunk at his dock. A crew of four responded with a marine pump and in heavy wind and rain pumped the water out and refloated the boat. Time on call, 3 hours

June 16: At 4:20pm the Sheriff received a call from the local owner of a 20’ Bonita bowrider power boat with 2 people aboard. The captain reported that his engine had failed and he was anchored in the Yeocomico River near Mundy Point. Rescue 3 was dispatched from Olverson’s Marina with a crew of three and towed the boat back to Kinsale Harbor Marina. Time on call, 1.5 hours

June 20:  At 7pm the charter captain of a 44’ deadrise from Lusby MD traveling to Hampton VA called Smith Point Sea Rescue to report he was dead in the water with a transmission problem. A crew of four was dispatched from Reedville Rescue 1 and located the boat near the shipping channel in the Bay, off Dameron Marsh.  In rough seas, the crew towed the boat into Jennings Boatyard where repairs were made the following morning, and the charter captain resumed his trip. Time on call, 2.5 hours

June 22: At 9am a crew of four on Rescue 1 towed a 25' cabin cruiser from Fairport Marina to Shell Landing where it was removed from water for repairs.  Time on call, 1 hour.

June 24:  At 9am the owner of a 25’ cabin cruiser reported his boat disabled in Mill Creek off the Great Wicomico. Rescue 1 was dispatched from Reedville with a crew of five and towed the craft to Jennings Boatyard for repairs. Time on call, 2 hours

June 29: At 3:50pm the captain of a 23’ fishing boat with two aboard called the Sheriff to report he had a dead battery and needed assistance. Rescue 1 responded with four aboard and located the boat in the Bay off Indian Creek. The crew applied their battery jump pack and the captain was able to start his engine and motor to Buzzard’s Point Marina. Time on call, 2 hours

July 1: At 8:50am the Sheriff called Sea Rescue with a report of a 22’ Catalina sailboat on the rocks (rip rap) on Lynch Point (on the Potomac River just upstream of the Yeocomico River). Rescue 3 with a crew of four responded and found two sailors standing ashore and the boat well up on the rocks (see photo above). The sailors reported they had bought the boat the day before for $400 at Tall Timbers on the Maryland side of the river. They had no motor, so they sailed across the Potomac and anchored near the Birthday Cake for the night. During the night the anchor failed, the boat blew ashore, and they awoke to find themselves driven onto the rocks. The rescue crew inspected the boat and found the hull breached with a four-foot hole, making it impossible to tow. Sea Rescue informed the United States Coast Guard, the Virginia Marine Police and the Westmoreland Sheriff that a salvage operation would be necessary. Time on call, 2 hours

July 1: As Rescue 3 was returning to base from the mission above, they were flagged down by the three occupants of a 23’ Boston Whaler that was adrift with a bearing failure in their stern drive. The crew towed the boat to the owner’s dock on nearby Dungan Cove. Time on call, 1 hour

The members of Smith Point Sea Rescue would like to thank the River Counties Community Foundation for its continued support of our mission. In 2019, the foundation generously funded a major engine overhaul of our primary rescue vessel, allowing us to continue serving boaters in trouble on our local waters.

Smith Point Sea Rescue is a totally volunteer rescue unit which serves boaters from Coles Point to the mouth of the Potomac River, south to the Rappahannock River and across the Bay to the eastern shore.  The organization receives no governmental monetary support and depends solely on donations to fund their operations. 

Smith Point Sea Rescue can be reached on channel 16 or by calling 911.  Rescue 1 and Rescue 2 are based in Reedville and Rescue 3 and 4 are located on Lodge Creek near Callao. 

 

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