Windsurfer paddles to safety after sail collapses in bay

February 27, 1994

KENT ISLAND -- A windsurfer whose sail collapsed in mid-Chesapeake Bay during yesterday's brisk, frigid winds was able to paddle several miles across the bay to safety, Natural Resources Police said.

Natural Resources Police spokesman John Verrico identified the windsurfer as Michael Giblin, 26, of Arnold.

Mr. Giblin, who Mr. Verrico said was wearing a waterproof suit during his venture, paddled more than three miles to Kent Island on the Eastern Shore when the sail on his board failed.

The windsurfer was noticed to be missing about 4 p.m. by park rangers at Sandy Point State Park, east of Annapolis. They called Natural Resources Police.

About 6:30 p.m., Mr. Giblin crawled ashore at Kent Island Estates, the police spokesman said. He refused medical treatment at the Kent Island fire department.

Attempts to reach Mr. Giblin were unsuccessful last night.

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