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NRP Recovers Fatal Boating Accident Victim

Annapolis, Md. (August 8, 2011) -  The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) have recovered the body of a missing person who fell from a 24-foot pontoon boat in the Assawoman Bay near 126th Street in Ocean City. NRP found the victim at 9:50 a.m. on August 7.

According to NRP’s investigation, on August 6 at 7:30 p.m., Robert Stanley Holmes, 53, of Lansdowne, Md. was operating the vessel when a passenger fell off the bow of the boat while under way. Holmes and other passengers searched unsuccessfully for the victim, whose name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in the incident.

NRP, MSP aviation, and Coast Guard searched for the victim until 11:00 p.m. on August 6. NRP resumed the search at day break, utilizing surface searches, dragging operations, scuba divers and side scan sonar.

The NRP Special Operations Division’s investigation continues to investigate the incident.  This is Maryland’s sixteenth fatal boating accident victim of the year.

   August 8, 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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