Boating victim was avid fan of water sports

July 09, 1991|By Dan Thanh Dang jlB

Grover C. "Peanut" Corkran III of Preston, who died alone on the water Sunday afternoon as a violent thunderstorm moved through Dorchester County, had been an avid boater for more than 10 years.

"He loved water sports and boating," his brother-in-law, Steve Faulkner, said yesterday.

"He died doing what he loved to do." Mr. Faulkner said.

Mr. Corkran, 34, was last seen operating his 16-foot powerboat near where Suicide Bridge crosses Cabin Creek north of Secretary, not far from the Choptank River.

Maryland Natural Resources Police said he apparently fell overboard at the height of the storm. They believe the boat's engine was running, causing it to circle and possibly run over him.

He was reported missing about 3 p.m. and his body was pulled from the water 3 1/2 hours later by the marine police.

Assisting in the search were the Dorchester County Sheriff's Department, the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department and the Secretary Volunteer Fire Department.

An investigation continued yesterday into the cause of Mr. Corkran's death.

He was born in nearby Hurlock and attended North Dorchester High School. He last worked as a truck driver for Towers Concrete Products near Denton.

He is survived by two children, David L. Corkran and Christina L. Corkran; his parents, Grover C. and Norma L. Corkran of Preston; two sisters, Linda L. Faulkner of Federalsburg and Barbara J. Travers of Hoopers Island; and a brother, Ricky Corkran of Smyrna, Del.

Services were scheduled at 2 p.m. today. at the Frampton-Hawkins Funeral Home in Federalsburg.

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