1 saved, 2 missing when boat capsizes ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

October 20, 1992

Maryland Natural Resources Police searched the waters and shoreline near the Chesapeake Bay Bridge yesterday for two Glen Burnie men reported missing after their boat capsized Sunday night.

A third man aboard the boat was rescued about 8:20 a.m. yesterday after he was spotted shivering on some rocks under the bridge, said Rob Gould, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources.

James Miller Jr., 26, of Hyattsville apparently was thrown into the water when the 23-foot powerboat "Sunbird" crashed into the bridge's eastbound span about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. He managed to swim to a bridge piling, where he spent a frigid night until a passing fishing boat noticed him, Mr. Gould said.

Helicopters flew over Sandy Point Park while rescue teams combed the shoreline and dragged the water for the two missing men yesterday.

They were identified as Robert E. Sievers Jr., 38, and Lewis Johnson, 33, both of Glen Burnie. Mr. Johnson owned the boat.

A Navy helicopter joined the Coast Guard helicopter to search the waters.

The search was called off around 3:30 p.m. yesterday and was expected to resume around 7 this morning, according to Mr. Gould.

Mr. Miller was being treated yesterday for hypothermia at AnneArundel Medical Center in Annapolis.

He apparently did not see what became of his boating partners after he was tossed into the water because it was dark and he had to struggle to climb to the piling, Mr. Gould said.

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