Deadly Boat Accident in Chesapeake Bay

Updated: April 20, 2013

Maryland Natural Resources Police received a report of a vessel taking on water near Point Lookout State Park (PLSP) in the Chesapeake Bay at approximately 930am.

The vessel was a 23 foot center console that launched from PLSP and was carrying 6 passengers, the vessel reportedly filled with water then rolled on its side.

It is unclear at this time what caused the vessel to fill with water. Waves of 3-5 feet were reported in the area at the time of the accident.

Four of the six passengers were rescued the other two passengers are deceased, both bodies have been recovered and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital. The deceased were David Chase,55, and David Fletcher, 43, both of Lexington Park, MD.

It appears that the party was fishing on the first day of Striped Bass season. The investigation is continuing.

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