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Missing Boaters Located in Marsh in Dorchester County

Nanticoke, Md. (May 14, 2012) – A waterman found two boaters this morning, missing since Saturday night, on an isolated marsh in southern Dorchester County. Richard L. Moore, 41 and Daniel V. Graves, 49 both from Delmar became lost in Tangier Sound while returning from a fishing trip on May 12.

Maryland Natural Resources Police, Coast Guard and Maryland State Police aviation were notified of the disappearance on Sunday evening and began searching for the missing boaters. They were found by a waterman Monday morning and taken to Hooper’s Island where they refused medical treatment.

The boat ran out of gas and became stranded in a marsh as the men were trying to find their way back to the harbor. The boaters did not have a radio on board and their cell phone batteries died before they decided to call for help.

NRP would like to remind boaters to always file a float plan with a friend or relative before they depart from shore, making sure to tell that person where they are going, how long they expect to be there and the time to expect them back. Please call authorities immediately if boaters fail to return on time so that appropriate action may be taken to locate them. It is also recommended that all boaters have a VHF radio on board their boat so that emergency workers can be notified when a problem arises.


   May 15, 2012

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell
awindemuth@dnr.state.md.us

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