Three die, 1 injured on Maryland waterways

Severna Park girl hurt in watercraft collision

July 05, 2004|By Kelly Brewington | Kelly Brewington,SUN STAFF

Two men and one child died and another child was injured Saturday in unrelated accidents on Maryland waterways, underscoring the need for boating safety during the busy holiday weekend, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources said yesterday.

The body of 3-year-old William Wallace Donaldson of Dunkirk was found Saturday morning in the Patuxent River in Southern Maryland after he had been reported missing since Friday night. About 11:45 a.m. a person on a personal watercraft east of the search area near Huntingtown found the body, said Department of Natural Resources spokeswoman Heather Lynch.

A Frederick man died after a watercraft collision on the Potomac River in Western Maryland. James Robert Mulvey, 39, and Rosemary Elizabeth Stine, 40, were riding watercraft about 12:30 p.m. near Dam 4 and the Big Slack water area in Williamsport, Lynch said. The wake from a passing boat caused the watercraft to collide. Mulvey sustained chest injuries and was flown to Washington County Hospital, where he died. Stine was not injured.

A Williamsport man died Saturday along the Potomac River near Williamsport. Washington County authorities did not release details of the incident yesterday.

In Anne Arundel County, an 8-year-old Severna Park girl sustained a jaw injury in a watercraft collision along the Severn River's Round Bay area. Rebecca Bauchemin's family was attending the West Severna Park Beach Association cookout, where she went for a ride with a family friend, Lobaugh Kurtis Austin, 19.

The girl was sitting in front of Austin on the watercraft when they were hit in the bow by another watercraft. The child was taken to North Arundel Medical Center. The incident was being investigated.

The Department of Natural Resources announced last week that it was increasing patrols during the holiday weekend.

"Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, we always have a higher number of accidents and fatalities on holiday weekends," Lynch said yesterday. "With more people on the water, we expect more accidents. ... We have people who are not following proper safety guidelines or who have suffered unfortunate accidents."

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