Two Va. boaters found dead in bay near James Island

March 15, 1998|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The bodies of two Virginia men were found in Chesapeake Bay waters a half-mile off James Island on the Eastern Shore early yesterday after the wife of one of the men called the Coast Guard to say they were late returning from a fishing trip.

Timothy D. Murray, 31, of Fairfax and Damian M. Singer, 30, of Arlington were wearing life jackets when they were found.

A Coast Guard crew from the Taylors Island Station found one body near an overturned 15-foot fishing boat about 9: 30 a.m. A Maryland State Police helicopter spotted the second body nearby.

Although the deaths are being investigated, the men probably died from hypothermia, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources. The bodies have been sent to the state medical examiner.

Investigators said Murray and Singer were fishing about 6 p.m. Friday when they called home to say they were having mechanical problems near Calvert Cliffs. A half-hour later, they called to say the boat was running, but they would be late getting home.

Pub Date: 3/15/98

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