News from the DNR Office of Communications

Elk River Boating Victim Recovered

Annapolis, Maryland (August 17, 2010) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) recovered the body of Deforrest Wayne Timlin, age 49 from Rising Sun, Md at 8:23 pm, Monday, August 16, 2010 from the waters of the Elk River off Old Field Point, near Elkton.

Timlin drove a 28 foot power boat into a buoy on August 14 at 8:30 p.m. as he was traveling from Chesapeake Inn to Button Wood Beach on the Elk River.  Timlin was thrown from the boat during the impact. EMTs transported the boat’s passenger Eric Pryor, of Northeast, Md. to Shock Trauma with non-life threatening injuries.

NRP has been searching for Timlin since the accident near the accident site which was located at Buoy #19, Elk River.  Officers found the body 500 yards north of the accident site.

Timlin is the eleventh boating accident victim this year.  Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in this accident. NRP reminds boaters not to mix alcohol and boating.  In 2009, Maryland had sixteen fatal boating accidents and alcohol or drug use was a contributing factor in eight of the accidents.  Penalties for operating a vessel while under the influence of alcohol are $1000 and one year in jail for the first offense.

   August 17, 2010

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8850 office | 410-713-8449 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 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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