Smith Point Sea Rescue July
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.
July 5: At 12:35pm a boater called for assistance when the engine on his 20’ center console began leaking oil and would not start. He reported he was near the Great Wicomico light. Rescue 1 responded from Reedville and towed him to his trailer at Shell Landing. Time on call, 1.5 hours.
July 5: At 2:15pm the captain on a 35’ sailboat called to report his engine had failed and with no wind he needed a tow. Rescue III was dispatched and towed him from the Birthday Cake in the Potomac River, into Olverson’s Marina on Lodge Creek. Time on call, 1.5 hours.
July 7: At 3:30pm Smith Point Sea Rescue was called by a waterfront homeowner who reported four youths were aboard a paddle boat that was being blown further and further offshore of Judith Sound in the Potomac River.
The wind and current overpowered the ability of the boaters to return to shore. Rescue III was quickly dispatched from Olverson’s Marina and upon arriving on scene discovered that a neighbor had launched a powerboat and had the paddleboat in tow toward home with all children safe. Time on call, 3 hours.
July 12: At 9:10pm the captain of a 26’ center console reported that his engine had failed as he was entering the Yeocomico River off the lower Potomac. Rescue III responded and towed the vessel with three aboard into Krentz’s Marina. Time on call, 2.5 hours.
July 16: At 9:10pm the skipper of a 42’ sailboat called to report his engine would not start. He was adrift near B-8 in the Great Wicomico River, in stiff winds, with four people aboard. Rescue I was dispatched from Reedville and towed the sailboat to Jennings Boatyard. Time on call, 1.5 hours.
July 18: At 7:30pm a boater called to report that the engine on his 24’ sundeck had failed and that he was beached near Bay Quarter Shores on the Potomac River. When Rescue III arrived it was determined that the water was too shallow for the rescue boat to operate.
A member of Sea Rescue then brought his personal skiff to the scene and towed the sundeck to the ramp at Bay Quarter Shores. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 23: At 11:15am it was reported that an 18’ center console with a dead battery was aground near buoy #4 on the Great Wicominco River. Rescue II was able to reach the boat in shallow water and carry the tow line out to Rescue I, which towed the vessel to Jennings Marina.
When the engine could not be started at the marina, Rescue II towed the boat to Shell Landing. A Sea Rescue member then drove the captain to his home so he could retrieve his car and trailer, and collect his boat. Time on call, 1.5 hours.
July 25: At 6:30pm the captain on a 20’ outboard reported engine problems in the Great Wicomico River across from Horn Harbor. Rescue I was dispatched from Reedville and towed the boat with two onboard to their home on the upper Great Wicomico. Time on call, 1.5 hours.
July 25: At 9:30pm, a captain on a 25’ Carolina Skiff reported he was adrift in the Potomac River with three adults and six youth aboard. The captain reported battery problems. Rescue III was dispatched from Olverson’s Marina but had trouble locating the vessel in the dark.
After some searching the vessel was located well West of its reported location. Rescue III provided a battery jump box and the captain was able to restart his engine and return home under his own power. He was asked to report when home safe and he did so. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 26: At 6:45pm, the captain of a 19’ inboard/outboard reported he’d lost power and was aground off Chesapeake Beach in the Bay. There were four people aboard. Rescue I responded and towed the vessel to Buzzard’s Point Marina. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 28: At 9am a 32’ cabin cruiser with a blown engine was towed by Rescue III from the Yeocomico River to Lewisetta Marina for haul out and repairs. Time on call, 3 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.