Search for missing boater over after man calls police

May 29, 2007|By JOHN FRITZE

State officials found the man who abandoned a small sailboat in the Magothy River in Anne Arundel County over the weekend after the sailor called authorities yesterday to let them know he was safe.

Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Coast Guard and members of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department searched the water throughout the night and into yesterday morning after authorities found the day sailer capsized with its sails out on Sunday night, said Sgt. Ken Turner with the Natural Resources Police.

The boat, which had no registration number, was found near Dobbins Island, police said.

Turner could not identify the man, but said state officials received a call from him yesterday morning after he saw reports of the boat on the evening news. Turner said authorities were alerted to the overturned boat shortly after a storm moved through the area - suggesting the pilot might have abandoned the boat during the storm.

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