A 52-year-old Anne Arundel County man who was about to embark on a fishing trip with five other men died Saturday in a boating accident off Ocean City, police said.
A 16-foot Wellcraft occupied by six people flipped over around 9:10 a.m., and the occupants were thrown into the water, said P.A. Thompsen, an officer with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources police.
The accident occurred in the Ocean City Inlet, which intersects with the Atlantic Ocean and is known for having "turbulent waters," said Thompsen. The party was preparing to lift anchor when the line became ensnared with the boat's motor propeller, which caused the engine to fail. A strong outgoing tide made the vessel difficult to navigate, police said, and the vessel began to sink and ultimately flipped after several large waves splashed across its stern.