Woman dead, Maryland man missing after boat sinks in Somerset County

September 29, 1996|By Dana Hedgpeth | Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF

A 59-year-old Prince George's County man was missing and a 56-year-old Washington woman was dead after their 21-foot boat sank yesterday afternoon in Tangier Sound in Somerset County, the Coast Guard said.

Authorities planned to resume the search today for Garland T. Moody of Temple Hills, who was not wearing a life jacket. The body of Ethel Moody, who was wearing a life jacket, was recovered.

The crews of a Coast Guard boat and another vessel rescued Thaddeus D. Moody, 53, of Mitchellville and Andrew Epps, 58, of Oxon Hill, who were found holding on to the sinking boat, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The men were taken to Edward McCready Memorial Hospital in Crisfield, where officials would not release their conditions last night.

Police could not confirm the relation of Garland T. Moody and Ethel Moody but said Thaddeus Moody was Ethel Moody's brother.

The 21-foot, 1974 Marquee recreational vessel, owned by Thaddeus Moody, was reported sinking by passing boaters about 3 p.m. in Tangier Sound, off the Little Annemessex River near Crisfield.

The boat's engine apparently broke down, prompting the boaters to anchor, the Coast Guard said. After the engine started, the boaters pulled in the anchor but the chain got wrapped around the propeller, causing the engine to quit again.

High waves caused the nose of the boat to dip into the water and the stern to rise, as water poured in the boat, said Nancy Howard, a Natural Resources Police spokeswoman.

Four boats and three helicopters from the Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police and the state police aviation division took part in the search for Moody, which was suspended at 6 p.m.

"It was extremely windy and extremely choppy out there, causing waves to slop in over the boat," Howard said. "It's important for boaters to check the weather conditions before heading out and by all means to always wear life jackets. When it's very windy there is a definite need to be very cautious on the water."

Coast Guard officials reported yesterday's conditions to be very rough, with 30-knot winds, but said that no warnings or restrictions for boaters were issued.

Pub Date: 9/29/96

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