Man, 58, found dead on boat

April 25, 2002|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,SUN STAFF

A Severna Park man was found dead on his boat yesterday after the vessel was reported to be apparently floating unattended on the Chesapeake Bay, near the Western Shore and the Bay Bridge, Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

No sign of foul play was found, said John Surrick, police spokesman. The body was taken to the state medical examiner's office for an autopsy, he said.

Vessels from the Anne Arundel County police, the Natural Resources Police and the Coast Guard, and a state police helicopter arrived at the scene about 1 p.m.

After securing the 23-foot, stern-drive cruiser Free Lunch, authorities went aboard and found the body of Douglas M. Mast, 58, of the 200 block of Giddings Road. They also found several fishing rods and other fishing equipment, Surrick said.

Mast, who docked his boat at a Severna Park marina, had told his wife earlier that he was going fishing, Surrick said. The boat was towed yesterday afternoon to the old Matapeake docks next to the Bay Bridge, he said.

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