Man Drowns Trying To Rescue Daughter

All Saved From Sinking Boat Except Father Who Had Pulled Out Son

July 08, 1991

A man drowned this weekend trying to save his daughter from a sinking boat after he had already pulled his son to safety.

The body of Michael W. Caldwell Sr., 29, of New Carrollton was found at the mouthof the Rhode River where the 17-foot open motor boat went down with eight people aboard at 3:50 p.m. Saturday.

The other seven people aboard -- four children and three adults -- were picked up by other boaters soon after their vessel was apparently swamped in the wake of another boat, said Department of Natural Resources spokesman Cpl. Ralph Parker.

Caldwell's sister, Linda Hough of Landover, was badly cut on the legs by the boat's propeller.

She was listed in stable condition yesterday afternoon at WashingtonHospital Center. No one else was injured.

The bow of the boat went underwater as it hit a large wake. The boat then took on water and quickly sank.

Parker said Caldwell had apparently rescued his 11-year-old son Michael Jr. from the water and had gone back for his daughter, Julie, when he disappeared.

Julie, whose age was not available, was pulled to safety by another boater.

Members of the NaturalResources Police, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Anne Arundel County FireDepartment and county police searched the waters off the Mayo Peninsula.

A state helicopter hovered overhead Saturday afternoon as a fire boat and Coast Guard vessel steamed through the river.

The search was halted about 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Parker said.

Natural Resources picked up the search again at 8 a.m. and found Caldwell's body two hours later.

A search team found the remains in about 15 feet of water some 250 yards from shore, less than 24 hours after the boatsank off Cheston Point.

He said there were enough life jackets onboard for all the passengers, but no one was wearing one.

He saidno charges would be filed in the accident.

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