Search Continues For A Missing Maryland Boater In The Choptank - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Search Continues For A Missing Maryland Boater In The Choptank

Posted: Updated:

CAROLINE CO., Md. - Dive teams and rescue personnel are still actively searching for a missing boater in the Choptank River, but the chances he will be found alive aren't promising, especially with search crews no longer calling it a rescue effort, but a recovery effort.

 Sunday morning, folks were out on the water enjoying the Choptank River, admittedly unaware that an active search for a missing boater was underway.

Around 4:30pm, Saturday, near Two Johns Road, police say a 32 year-old man from Greensboro, Maryland hopped off a boat for a swim.

"He was about 30 yards from the boat he was swimming from when he went under the water and he did not resurface," says Sgt. Brian Albert of the Maryland Natural Resource Police.

Since the man went missing Saturday evening, divers have been sent out, the NRP is using sonar technology, and they are combing the Choptank River, in hopes of finding the victim.

Boaters familiar with this area of the Choptank say swimming can be risky since it can be very deep in the middle, and muddy near the shore.  No matter the conditions, DNR urges boaters to view incidents like this as a warning that accidents can happen anywhere, anytime.

Also on Saturday, a woman died in the Chesapeake Bay, near Turkey Point in Anne Arundel County.
    
Sgt. Albert stresses, "you cannot, you don't know how hard the tides are running or currents in rivers or tributaries.  So we recommend just wear your life jacket."

In the case of the boater missing in the Choptank, police are still withholding the victim's name since the family has not yet been notified.

Aside from this case, there have been 5 drownings in Maryland this year alone.  Officers with the department of natural resources say the search at the Choptank River will be active in some capacity, until the victim is found.

  • Local NewsDelmarva HeadlinesMore>>

  • DE Falls Short Of Revenue Estimates, May Face Budget Cuts

    DE Falls Short Of Revenue Estimates, May Face Budget Cuts

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:38 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:38:27 GMT
    DELAWARE - Lawmakers in the first state may face hurdles as they work on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.More >>
    DELAWARE - Lawmakers in the first state may face hurdles as they work on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year.More >>
  • "Right To Work Zones" Could Come To DE

    "Right To Work Zones" Could Come To DE

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:22:55 GMT
    DELAWARE - In an effort to revitalize Delaware’s manufacturing industry, state Senate and House Republican leaders reportedly announced legislation to create “right-to-work” zones in Delaware on Tuesday.More >>
    DELAWARE - In an effort to revitalize Delaware’s manufacturing industry, state Senate and House Republican leaders reportedly announced legislation to create “right-to-work” zones in Delaware on Tuesday.More >>
  • More Than 170 Signs Set To Enforce Smoking Ban In Rehoboth

    More Than 170 Signs Set To Enforce Smoking Ban In Rehoboth

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 10:17 PM EDT2014-04-23 02:17:19 GMT
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - 171 signs are going up to enforce a smoking ban in Rehoboth.More >>
    REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - 171 signs are going up to enforce a smoking ban in Rehoboth.More >>
  • ContestsMore>>

  • Spring Gas Giveaway

    Spring Gas Giveaway

    Let WMDT fill up your tank! It's time for our Spring Gas Giveaway! More >>
    Enter for your chance to win a $100 Exxon/Mobil Gas Card!More >>
  • Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    Teacher Who Makes A Difference

    The WMDT 47 Teachers Who Make a Difference Contest is Sponsored by Accurate Optical: "Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school." Each month weMore >>
    The WMDT 47 "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Sponsored by Accurate Optical Encouraging children of all ages to come in for an annual eye exam to help them see better in school.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WMDT. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.