Man, 74, found dead on beach

He likely drowned wading into creek to check crab pots

August 04, 1999|By Jackie Powder | Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

A 74-year-old Pasadena man was found dead on the beach near his home Monday, after he waded into Rock Creek to check his crab pots, county police said.

Rescue workers found Herbert Meushaw's body about 6 p.m., on the shore near his home in the 1500 block of Fairview Beach Road.

He was pronounced dead at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie. An autopsy will be performed at the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore, said county police, who are treating the death as a drowning.

"That's what we'll label it until the medical examiner says otherwise," said Jimmy Miller, an Eastern District officer.

Harriet Meushaw said her husband was asleep when she left the house early Monday morning to visit her daughter-in-law.

"I guess I got back about 5 o'clock [p.m.]," said Meushaw, 72. "I walked down to the shore, and when I saw his live box and one crab pot had floated ashore, I knew something had happened to him."

The couple's son-in-law called 911, and county water rescue workers were sent to the scene. They surveyed the shoreline and found Meushaw's body on the beach about 200 yards from where he had entered the water, said Capt. Allan Graves, a county Fire Department spokesman.

Meushaw said her husband had kept two crab pots in the water for the 31 years they had lived on Rock Creek. Before he retired in 1976, Meushaw ran a restaurant, bar and catering service in Baltimore.

"He loved the water," his wife said.

She said her husband waded about 100 yards into Rock Creek, where the water is 4 to 5 feet deep, to check the crab pots about two or three times a week.

"He just got enough for the two of us," she said. "We're senior citizens; it was just nice once in a while to have some steamed crabs."

Meushaw said her husband had suffered from cancer, but the disease was in remission. Otherwise, she said, he didn't have serious health problems.

"His heart and blood pressure were in good condition," she said.

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