Speed boat flips in South River four riders hurt

March 07, 1993

A 20-foot speed boat that apparently hit floating debris in the South River near Annapolis flipped yesterday afternoon, injuring four people who were thrown into the water, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The owner of the Oak Grove Marina, near the South River Bridge in Riva, was showing the boat to three potential customers when the accident occurred about 1 p.m. near Thomas Point, where the South River empties into the Chesapeake Bay, the Coast Guard said.

A Coast Guard official at the Annapolis Station, who refused to give his name, said another employee of the marina rescued the four people and sped back to Riva.

One passenger, a woman with spinal injuries, was flown by state police MedEvac helicopter to the trauma unit at the Prince

George's Hospital Center in Cheverly. The official said her injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. He refused to name the victims.

Two men were taken by ambulance to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where they were treated for hypothermia, the official said. The marina owner, who was driving the boat, was treated for minor injuries. The Coast Guard official said the speed boat was traveling 40 to 45 knots when the accident occurred.

Two Coast Guard and three Department of Natural Resources police boats, along with a fire boat and paramedics from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department helped out.

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