Search Resumes for Missing Boater in Ches. Bay - Southern Maryland Headline News

Search Resumes for Missing Boater in Ches. Bay

One boater rescued, one dead and one missing after sailboat capsizes

ANNAPOLIS (December 19, 2011)—The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) resumed the search for the missing boater from Saturday’s fatal boating accident north of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, near Sandy Point lighthouse. Searchers are conducting vessel surface searches and using side-scan sonar to help locate the missing boater.

On December 17 at 2:45 p.m., the U.S. Coast Guard received a VHF radio call about a capsized vessel. Minutes later a distress call was also placed to the Anne Arundel County 911 Center. Both calls ended before a location was given. The U.S. Coast Guard was able to locate the general direction of the VHF call.

Approximately an hour after the initial call, rescuers located Taylor Rogers, 25 from Salisbury, and Daniel Denike, 46 from Laurel, Md. in the Chesapeake Bay northeast of Sandy Point. Rogers and Denike were transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center. Rogers was treated for hypothermia and Denike’s injuries were fatal. A third victim, Tyler Cordrey, 25 from Eden, Md. remains missing.

Searchers from NRP, Anne County Fire Department and the U.S. Coast Guard searched throughout the night and the next day for Cordrey. NRP was able to locate the vessel in 40 feet of water with the help of side-scan sonar. Plans are being made for salvage operations for their boat, an 18-foot Precision sailboat. NRP is currently using side-scan sonar and vessel surface searches to locate the missing boater.

Source: Maryland Natural Resources Police

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