Coast Guard Suspends Search For Man In Patuxent River

BALTIMORE (Oct. 14, 2008)—The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing man in the Patuxent River Monday. The search is now in the hands of the Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP) and Calvert County Fire and Rescue.

On Sunday, Oct. 12, at 4:54 p.m., authorities were notified of an overturned vessel on the Patuxent River in the area of Point Patience. A 38-foot speedboat with four persons onboard, traveling at a high rate of speed, capsized, according to the Md. Natural Resources Police. All four individuals were ejected from the vessel. Authorities say none of the individuals were wearing life jackets.

Ron Healy, a Good Samaritan that was in the area at the time, recovered three of the people from the water and transferred them to awaiting emergency services, according to a Coast Guard press release.

Robert T. Baumgarten, 30, of Lexington Park was transported to Prince George’s Hospital Center. Kenneth N. Weisskopf, 37, and Joshua E. Reithmeyer, 25, both of Mechanicsville were transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital.

The fourth individual, Patrick G. Reiter, 39, of Mechanicsville is reported missing.

Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Md., and Station Oxford Md., continued searches throughout Sunday night and into the morning. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., conducted a first light search.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Md. Natural Resources Police

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