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Coast Guard suspends search for missing boat technician in Curtis Creek, Md.

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard suspended its search for a missing boat technician in Curtis Creek at 6:28 p.m. Sunday, June 30, 2019.

The missing man, Allen Van Dyke, was last seen working on a 25-foot vessel at Jaws Marine boat shop Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

Maryland Natural Resources Police found said boat unmanned in Curtis Creek at 10:15 a.m. and alerted watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region in Baltimore.

Coast Guard fast response boat near Baltimore The CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo. Copyright 2019.

Crews from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, and Station Curtis Bay searched a total of 53 square miles in 28 hours.

Personnel with the MNRP, Baltimore City Fire Department and Maryland State Police also contributed to search efforts on shore, air, and sea.

“We worked extremely closely with our remarkable state and local partners to do everything we could to return Mr. Van Dyke to his family,” said Capt. Joseph Loring, commander, Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region. “Despite the extensive search effort, we were unable to locate him.  Our hearts go out to Mr. Van Dyke’s loved ones.”

The Coast Guard will be working with partner agencies to determine the cause of the incident.

Coast Guard, Virginia Marine Resources Commission crews medevac ailing man near Jamesville, Va.

A Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Elizabeth City, North Carolina, hoists an ailing 44-year-old man from a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Milford Haven in Hudgins, Virginia, in the Chesapeake Bay near Nassawadox Creek, June 29, 2019. The Coast Guard crews teamed up with a Virginia Marine Resources Commission boat crew to medevac the man after he started feeling too ill to navigate his sailboat and called for help. (U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy, Air Station Elizabeth City)

A sailboat enters the channel at Cape Charles, Va., THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo
Maryland State Police Trooper Seven cockpit

Maryland State Police Helicopter rescues two kayakers from Cheat River

ROWELSBURG, WV – A Maryland State Police helicopter crew rescued two kayakers that were stranded in the Cheat River yesterday morning.

Yesterday, June 30, 2019, at approximately 9:50 a.m., the Rowelsburg Volunteer Fire Department requested the assistance of the Maryland State Police Aviation Command to perform an aerial rescue of two individuals stranded on an island in the Cheat River near Seven Islands. The two kayakers, a father and son from Pittsburg, had kayaked to the nearby island to fish, but became trapped when the water suddenly rose 3 feet over the course of 20 minutes and washed their kayaks downstream. A local swift water rescue team was onsite; however they were unable to reach the victims due to speed of the water and large amount of heavy debris.

Capt. Larry Jarboe on his Wavewalker fishing kayak

Trooper 5, the Aviation Command’s helicopter stationed at the Cumberland Airport, was immediately dispatched. Once the aircraft arrived and located the victims, the aircrew assessed the situation and engaged in the rescue operation. The crew of Trooper 5, consisting of two pilots and two troopers, utilized the rescue basket to hoist the victims to the aircraft in two separate evolutions. Trooper 5 landed near the river where the victims were assessed, found not to be injured, and transferred care over to the Fire Department.

The Maryland State Police Aviation Command has served Maryland citizens since 1970 and operates a fleet of ten AW-139 helicopters from seven bases throughout Maryland on a 24/7/365 basis. Missions include medevac, law enforcement, search & rescue, homeland security, and disaster assessment. The success of rescues performed by the Aviation Command depends a great deal on the cooperative effort of local fire, rescue, EMS, and law enforcement agencies.

NOTE TO KAYAKERS: Rope can be used to tie up kayaks.

Coast Guard, local partners searching for
 2 men who only left behind a debris field near Stoney Creek

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police are searching for two men who went missing while crabbing in the vicinity of Stoney Creek Saturday evening.

A good Samaritan notified watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region’s command center at about 5 p.m. Saturday that they found a debris field in the water 300 yards off the Brandon Shores Power Plant.

The items found included empty beer cans, a throwable flotation device, a cooler with an I.D. inside and a gas can that appeared to have been snapped off a boat.

An MNRP boat crew arrived on scene, joined by a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium from Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay shortly thereafter. After investigating the debris, both crews searched the vicinity for signs of people in distress.

Coast Guard rapid response vessel stationed at Cape Charles Virginia. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.

Sector Maryland-National Capital Region watchstanders confirmed today that two people associated with the I.D. in the debris field did in fact go crabbing yesterday.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, joined the search efforts this morning. Another RB-M crew from Station Curtis Bay is currently searching the Stoney Creek, Rock Creek and North Beach areas. An MNRP crew is presently searching as well.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Sector Maryland-National Capital Region command center on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 410-576-2693.

Ocean City inlet is guarded by long rock jettys which provides a target for some boaters. THE CHESAPEAKE TODAY photo.

Coast Guard assists 3 aboard a vessel taking on water after hitting the rocks off Ocean City, Md.

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard assisted three people aboard a vessel taking on water in Ocean City Inlet Saturday afternoon.

A good Samaritan called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region via VHF-FM marine radio channel 16 at 2:10 p.m. to notify them that a nearby 24-foot vessel had hit the rocks and was taking on water.

An already-underway 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ocean City diverted from their patrol to assist.

A boat crew with the Maryland Natural Resources Police had the vessel in tow when the Coast Guard crew arrived on scene. The Station Ocean City crew took over the tow, dewatered the vessel, then transported the boat and the three mariners to Sunset Marina.

“Channel 16 is a critical lifeline between boaters in distress and the Coast Guard,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Zackary Schultz, coxswain for the case. “Having a reliable communications device like a VHF marine radio can save your life when you need assistance.”

Coast Guard, partner agencies searching for
missing kayaker off Annapolis

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for a 40-year-old woman who went missing after her kayak overturned off Eastport Saturday afternoon, June 29, 2019.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region were notified at approximately 3:20 p.m. by Anne Arundel County 911 that two kayakers had fallen into the water near Horn Point and that the harbormaster had found and rescued one of them.

two kayakers had fallen into the water near Horn Point and that the harbormaster had found and rescued one of them

Coast Guard

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Annapolis launched to search for the missing kayaker.

Also searching are crews with the Maryland Natural Resource Police, Anne Arundel County Fire, Maryland State Police and Horn Point Harbor Marina.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Sector Maryland-National Capital Region command center on VHF-FM channel 16 or at 410-576-2693.

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