Authorities searching for two people missing from canoe in Nabbs Creek

March 24, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Department of Natural Resources police were searching last night for two people in a canoe that capsized in Nabbs Creek.

The incident occurred shortly after 6 p.m. at the end of Chestnut Cove Road near a community of townhouses.

Details were sketchy but Susan O'Brien, a DNR spokeswoman, said several people on the shore saw the canoe capsize in water 12 to 14 feet deep.

"A pleasure boat had recently passed them," O'Brien said. "That boater attempted to go back and rescue them but could not."

O'Brien said the water temperature was about 45 degrees -- which a swimmer would be able to tolerate for only a few hours.

Children playing on the shore saw the boat overturn and called 911, O'Brien said. She said officials went into search-and-recovery mode at about 9 p.m.

Fire and rescue crews from Anne Arundel County and Annapolis conducted a search, assisted by DNR police and a state police helicopter, said Capt. Allan Graves, an Anne Arundel County fire spokesman.

Some items were found in the water, including an oar, but rescuers were unsure if they were related to the overturned canoe, Graves said.

The Associated Press contributed to this article.

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