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Boat Explodes in Bohemia River

Chesapeake City, Maryland (May 27, 2012) The Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to boat fire in the Bohemia River on Saturday at 4:00 pm. Investigation revealed that Douglas M. Pinnard,52 from Morgantown Pa was operating a 28 foot Columbia Cabin Sailboat near Scotchman Creek when his engine stopped. While Pinnard was attempting to restart his engine, the engine exploded setting the vessel afire.

Pinnard and his three year old son were rescued by a passing Good Samaritan in a vessel. Fire Companies from hacks Point, Cecilton and Chesapeake City responded to the scene. The vessel was a total loss.

   May 27, 2012

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

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