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Maryland Natural Resources Police Saves Intoxicated Boater

McHenry, MD - On August 1, 2009 at approximately 1 a.m., Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) Corporal Jeffrey Sweitzer was on routine patrol on Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County when he observed a vessel traveling at an estimated 40 knots and passed within 15 feet of a fishing vessel. The weather conditions at this time were very overcast with poor visibility. While Cpl. Swietzer was attempting to follow the vessel, he passed a person in the water that was screaming for help. This person was identified as Michael Patrick McCarthy, 23 years old of Kensington, Maryland. McCarthy was picked up about 300 yards from shore. McCarthy was highly intoxicated, disoriented, swimming away from shore and not wearing a life jacket at the time he was rescued. McCarthy stated that he just fallen off a boat. The only boat in sight was the vessel that Cpl. Sweitzer was following. This boat was now approximately one half mile away and could only be observed by the stern light. The boat did not show any indications that it was turning around for its occupant. Cpl. Swietzer and McCarthy found the vessel on a boat lift and covered for the night at a lakeside residence. The people that were on the boat were located inside the residence. Cpl. Sweitzer’s investigation revealed that the occupants of the vessel did not realize that McCarthy had fallen off the boat and was missing. The vessel operator at the time of the incident was identified as Daniel Joseph Beggy, 41 years old of Kensington, Maryland. Beggy was charged with negligent operation of a vessel.

   August 4, 2009

Contact: Sgt. Art Windemuth

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 249 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.

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