One man dead, another missing after their boat capsizes in bay

March 01, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A Pasadena man died and a second man was missing yesterday after a high-performance racing boat capsized in the Chesapeake Bay about three miles east of Gibson Island, authorities said.

A witness told authorities that the men were traveling in the 40-foot Tomahawk jet-drive craft at a high speed near the Craig Island Channel about 2:30 p.m. when it became airborne and flipped, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Natural Resources.

Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Coast Guard, a dive team from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and a police helicopter responded and began a search.

A short time later, dive team members recovered from the partially submerged vessel the body of the person who apparently was driving the boat, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Matthew Simmons.

Simmons said the victim was strapped in by a safety harness.

The search for the second man was called off at nightfall and will continue early today, Simmons said.

Authorities withheld the names of the men pending notification of family members.

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