Woman in hospital after boat accident

June 14, 1994

A 38-year-old Ellicott City woman seriously cut by a propeller in a boat accident that killed her husband on a Missouri lake Saturday remained in critical condition yesterday at a Springfield hospital.

Phyllis L. Kopytko, 38, of the 8500 block of Autumn Harvest, was being treated for broken bones and severe lacerations at the St. John's Hospital and Shock Trauma Center.

Ms. Kopytko and her husband, Robert, 47, were on board an 18-foot fishing vessel when they were thrown into Table Rock Lake in southwest Missouri. When the boat circled to pick up the passengers, the vessel swerved, raking the propeller over the couple, Missouri State Water Patrol police said.

Mr. Kopytko was pronounced dead at the scene. A guide operator was also killed in the incident, police said.

Baltimore woman hurt after fall on rock

A 30-year-old Baltimore woman was injured when she slipped on a rock and struck her head while fishing at the Patapsco Valley State Park in Elkridge Sunday, Howard fire and rescue officials said.

Sharon Comer was driven to the Shock Trauma Center in downtown Baltimore, where she was observed for head injuries, said Battalion Chief Donald Howell, of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

About 3:34 p.m. Sunday, Ms. Comer and her husband were fishing in the Orange Grove area of the park near the Baltimore County line when the victim caught a fish. In her excitement, she slipped off rocks near shore and fell a few feet onto rocky turf. Her husband called park officials to the site, Chief Howell said.

Minutes later, Howard County and Baltimore County rescue squads made their way around a 40-foot embankment and carried the conscious woman to safety, Chief Howell said.

POLICE LOG

* Ellicott City: 10000 block of Culverene Road: Someone attempted to enter a home's front window by removing a screen Wednesday or Thursday. The intruder may have been scared away by dogs inside, police said.

* Elkridge: 5700 block of Furnace Ave.: Theft attempts were made on two cars Thursday night while the owners worked inside the Furnace Inn. Police said a would-be thief tried to steal a 1991 Saturn and a 1990 Mitsubishi.

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