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Dear Neighbor,


Smith Point Sea Rescue has been saving boaters for more than 40 year.’


We now hope you will answer our call for help with a tax-deductible donation.


We only write to ask for your help once a year.


We are a non-profit, all-volunteer organization.  We receive no funding from the government.


Unlike commercial rescue services, we require no membership fee or payment for our services when we respond to a boating emergency.


Our members are your neighbors.  We volunteer to be on duty 24/7, willing to head out into stormy waters – day or night – to save you, your family, your friends.


Although our members do most of the boat maintenance themselves, fueling and fixing three busy rescue boats is never ending and expensive.  Our boats must be in top condition to operate at all hours and in any weather.


These ongoing expenses are covered with funds donated by those who appreciate the availability of a local rescue service that stands ready to help any boater in trouble.


Smith Point Sea Rescue is unique and has become a Northern Neck and Chesapeake Bay tradition.  To the best of our knowledge, we are the only non-profit, all-volunteer, marine rescue service on the bay.


We now hope that we can count on you to send a donation to help us continue this unique and valuable service to boaters in our waters.


With many thanks, and in your service,

Andy Kauders (President), and the 45 members of SPSR


P.S.  We will reply with confirmation of your tax-deductible contribution for your records. 

Donations can be mailed to:

      Smith Point Sea Rescue
      P.O. Box 662
      Burgess, VA 22432


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   Your safety is our primary concern.



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    November 2014 ACTIVITY

      Immediate Release

 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 of the Yeocomico River.

 November 5th at 9:35 PM the sheriff’s office dispatched Rescue III due to a flare being sighted 1 to 2 miles off shore near #5 bouy in the Potomac.  Rescue III, and vessels from the Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources searched for a disabled vessel.  Nothing was found and Coast Guard Baltimore released Rescue III to return to base.  Time on call 1 hour.

 November 11th at 11:30 AM responded to a disabled 21’ center console with 1 aboard in the Glebe Creek.  The boat was towed to a ramp at Lewisetta Marina.  Time on call 2 ½ hours.

 November 15th Rescue I responded to a 25’ center console with 1 aboard south of B-62 whose engine quit.   The boat was towed to Ingram Marina.  Time on call 2 ½ hours.

 November 16th at 9:15 PM Rescue I and Rescue II responded to a 30’ sailboat with 2 people and 2 dogs aboard hard aground inside of B-4 at the mouth of the Great Wicomico River.  A local fisherman had apparently been assisting them for several hours with a falling tide before Sea Rescue had been called.  Rescue II ferried in approximately 800 feet of tow line from Rescue I.  After considerable effort the sailboat with a wing keel was freed.  The boat was escorted back to Ingram Bay Marina.  Time on call 2 Ό hours.

 November 19th at 11:45 AM a 26’ sailboat with 1 aboard ran aground just off of the narrow channel leading to Smith Point Marina. Rescue I freed the boat and it proceeded to the Marina.  Time on call 2 ½ hours.

 November 22nd at 3:30 PM Rescue I responded to a 23’ powerboat with 2 aboard that lost steering a mile east of the Great Wicomico Light.  The boat was towed to Shell Landing.  Time on call 1 Ό hours.

November 25th at 11AM Rescue I responded for a 22’ catboat aground off of #9 in the Great Wicomico River.  Rescue I did not have enough water to get a line to the boat so they went and got Rescue II.  Rescue III carried a line from Rescue I to the boat aground.  The 2 people aboard could not get their anchor up so Rescue II went back in and retrieved their anchor.  Once they had their anchor up they floated free.  Time on call 1 ½ hours.

 November 28th at 12:30 PM Rescue I responded to a 30’ charter boat 1.5 miles east of the Great Wicomico Light with 5 aboard whose engine quit.  They were towed to the owners dock 1 mile above the Glebe Point bridge.  Time on call 2 ½ hours.

 November 27th at 8 AM Rescue I responded to a charter boat with 8 aboard in Cockrells Creek taking on water.  Two hose clamps were broken and the hoses came off allowing the engine to pump water into the bilge.  The bilge pump was not operating.  Rescue I pumped the water out, the hoses were put back on, new clamps were put on the hoses and the boat headed out to go fishing.  Time on call 1 ½ hour.

 November 30th at 10:30 AM towed a disabled boat with 1 aboard from Warehouse creek to Buzzards Point Marina.  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.






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