Boat Topples Over On Choptank River In Cambridge; 1 Injured - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Boat Topples Over On Choptank River In Cambridge; 1 Injured

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - Some unexpected action at the skipjack race on the Choptank River in Cambridge Saturday.  One of the sailboats capsized after catching a gust of wind.

The 42 foot long Ida May Skipjack was still on it's side in the river, nearly 5 hours after the call came into Maryland Natural Resource Police at 11:46 AM, that the boat capsized.

WMDT is told the boat, built in 1906, was in 1st place, with just 50 yards to go in the race, when a gust of wind caught the sail and knocked the Ida May over.  Of the 16 people on board -- only one was injured, Gordon Gladden, who was taken to Dorchester General Hospital, and treated for a dislocated shoulder.

While a sailboat capsizing is not unheard of, it was a first for this team. "Well, we've been racing since 1960 and I've never seen this happen, so it's a unique experience, says Gladden," she'll be back uh, sailing in a couple of weeks probably."

As of Saturday evening, Maryland Natural Resource Police said the Ida May had not yet been recovered, but they do expect it will be.

A full investigation is still underway.

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