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Charles County – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) continue their investigation on a fatal boating related accident that occurred on Tuesday, June 24, at 6:30 p.m. on the Port Tobacco River near Chapel Point State Park.
NRP responded to the area after receiving a report of a missing person in the river. Stephen R. Barnes, 37, of Nanjemoy was operating a personal watercraft (PWC) approximately 100 yards off the shore of the park when he fell from the vessel. He was last seen swimming towards the PWC before disappearing beneath the water’s surface. He was not wearing a life jacket.
Barnes’ body was recovered by emergency personnel at 8:45 p.m. approximately 100 yards from shore and was transported the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.
Charles County Sheriff’s Office, Charles County Rescue Squad, Charles County Dive Team, U.S. Coast Guard, Bel Alton, Cobb Island, Marbury, Nanjemoy, Newburg, Potomac Heights Volunteer Fire Departments and King George Fire Department assisted NRP with the incident.
June 25, 2008
Contact: Sgt. Ken Turner
The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 280 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly one-half million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov