Two Recreational Anglers Die in Unrelated Incidents While Fishing
CHESAPEAKE BEACH, MD — Two recreational anglers died today in separate incidents while fishing on the Chesapeake Bay, both of unknown causes, according to Natural Resources Police (NRP).
The first incident involved three anglers, who left from the Kentmoor Marina on Kent Island at approximately 7:30 a.m. to go striped bass fishing. As they passed Bloody Point to set up their fishing lines, Michael Bedard, age 49, of Stevensville, told his passengers that he was not feeling well, and laid down. Bedard was the owner of the 36-foot vessel.
His friends soon noticed that he was unresponsive, and began performing CPR, and drove to the boat to the nearest harbor, which was Herrington Harbor in Tracy’s Landing (Anne Arundel County).
The group arrived at the Harbor at approximately 10 a.m. NRP, Calvert and North Beach Volunteer Fire Departments attempted to revive Bedard, but he was pronounced dead at the scene. Bedard’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for autopsy.
The second incident involved Robert Allan Bean, age 43, of Annapolis. Bean was striped bass fishing with five other people in the Chesapeake Bay off Chesapeake Beach at approximately 11 a.m. when he said he was having chest pains. He was rushed ashore to the Rod N’Reel in Chesapeake Beach, but was pronounced dead upon arrival. His body was taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital in Prince Frederick, and will be taken to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for autopsy.
Next of kin has been notified for both individuals. Alcohol was not involved in either incident. Both remain under investigation by NRP.
Posted May 17, 2004