Death of boy who drowned in Patapsco ruled accidental

Family's boat capsized, will be examined by officials for defects

May 11, 1999|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

The death of a 10-year-old boy who drowned when his family's boat capsized Sunday in the Patapsco River was ruled accidental by the state medical examiner's office yesterday.

Darell D. Draughn of the 3500 block of Cottage Ave. in Northwest Baltimore became entangled in ropes when the boat capsized, said Richard McIntire, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, which is investigating the incident.

"He was wearing a life vest," McIntire said, "but was unable to free himself and went down with the boat that submerged upside down in more than 30 feet of water."

McIntire said the 17-foot inboard boat capsized when it was swamped by the wake of a cabin cruiser about 1 p.m. near the Key Bridge.

Baltimore County police divers recovered the boy's body about six hours later.

The boy's father, Clinton C. Carpenter, 47, his mother, Linda Draughn, 36, and brother, Quinton J. Draughn, 13, were rescued by a nearby boater and were unharmed.

McIntire said the aluminum and fiberglass boat that Carpenter bought two weeks ago was built in 1968. He said state marine officials will examine the boat, which sustained minor damage, for defects that may have contributed to the sinking.

McIntire said the cabin cruiser, which witnesses reported had an out-of-state registration tag, was being sought.

He said anyone with information about the vessel should call DNR at 410-260-8888.

Pub Date: 5/11/99

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