Arlington Man Drowns in Bay After Catamaran Capsizes

CALVERT COUNTY, Md. (July 28, 2008)—Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) continue to investigate the death of a Virginia man after his body was recovered from the Chesapeake Bay near Parker Creek.

The body of James W. Stone, age 74, of Arlington, Va. was located by NRP Helicopter Natural One and recovered by NRP vessels Sunday, July 27 at 10:30 a.m. Stone’s body was transported to Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

The search for Stone started around 6:10 p.m. Saturday night, July 26 after he and Jeffery G. Feagin, 33, of Washington, D.C. were thrown into the bay when their 16-foot catamaran capsized. Stone and Feagin had launched the vessel from the Scientists Cliffs area.

Police say neither man was wearing a life jacket at the time of the accident.

Feagin was in the water for approximately two hours before a passing boater saw him and pulled him to safety. Feagin was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Calvert Memorial Hospital.

The incident remains under investigation. However, police say foul play is not suspected at this time.

Prince Frederick Volunteer Fire Department, Solomons Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department, Calvert County Dive Team, Maryland State Police and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted NRP with the incident.

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