Westminster man, 45, reportedly drowns in boating accident on Elk River

Maryland Natural Resources Police say boat had capsized near mooring area

July 03, 2011

Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating a fatal boating accident on Saturday involving a 45-year-old man from Westminster.

According to Natural Resources Police, officers were dispatched to the Chesapeake Isles Community along the Elk River June 25 to investigate a capsized vessel and persons in distress.

The vessel had taken on water before capsizing in a mooring area near the private community, police said.

The operator and three passengers were pulled from the water by nearby witnesses who found the operator unconscious.

They then administered CPR to the operator prior to the arrival of emergency medical services personnel. The victim was transported to Union Hospital in Elkton, where he was pronounced dead.

The three passengers were uninjured during the accident, NRP officials said.

The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, though Natural Resources Police did identify him as being from Westminster.

Today's incident is the 11th fatality in Maryland waters this year, police said.

Natural Resources Police encourages all boaters to wear a personal flotation device while on the water and to be observant of the carrying capacity of their particular vessel.

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