News from the DNR Office of Communications

Fatal Boating Accident Victim Recovered

Salisbury, Maryland (May 27, 2011) – The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) recovered the body of James Edward Cain Jr., 42 of Fruitland, Md. today at 11:45 a.m. from the waters of Leonard’s Mill Pond in Delmar, Md. Cain was reported missing yesterday at 4 p.m. after his kayak capsized in the pond.

Fire and rescue companies from Delmar, Salisbury, Sharptown, Blades, West Side, and Hebron joined NRP’s Underwater Operations Unit in searching for the victim yesterday until 9 p.m.. The search for Cain resumed today at 7:00 a.m. The responding units employed side scan sonar, scuba divers, and bar drags until the body was recovered.

Cain's body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. NRP’s Special Operations Division will continue to investigate the accident.

Last year, NRP responded to over 323 boating accidents, of which 219 accidents involved injuries beyond first aid and/or damages in excess of $2,000. NRP also responded to 642 vessels that were in distress, sinking or overdue. There were13 boating fatalities in 2010 as compared to 17 in 2009.

Generally boating safety relies on good judgment and safety precautions before departing from the dock. Boaters can help ensure their safety and the safety of others by remembering the acronym “SAFE”;

  • S – Survey or examine your boat’s hull, engine and navigational equipment for serviceability. Ensure the hull is sound and free of cracks, holes and defects. Inspect the vessel’s engine performance. Take it to a certified mechanic to ensure the engine is operating properly. Survey and examine all navigational lights, communication, radar, GPS and other electronic equipment to ensure that they are functioning properly.
  • A – Anticipate the needs of the trip prior to leaving the dock. Ensure fuel, clothing, and medical needs are met during the trip. Plan for unexpected events like severe weather or sudden storms.
  • F – File a float plan with a friend or relative. Tell someone where you are going, how long you plan to stay, and when you expect to return. This is vital information for rescuers searching for lost or overdue boaters.
  • E – Equipment. Ensure that all safety equipment is in good condition and sufficient quantity for the people on board the vessel. Basic equipment includes correct size and quantity of life jackets, fire extinguishers, visual distress signals (flares etc), and sound producing devices such as a whistle or horn.

More information on boating safety can be found at

   May 27, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 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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