Smith Point Sea Rescue vice president Jim Bullard reported crews have responded to the following calls for assistance:
June 27: At 11:30 a.m. the captain of a 21’ Grady White cabin cruiser called from the Bay to ask for assistance. His engine had simply quit running. A crew of four boarded Rescue 1 in Reedville, located the boat off Windmill Point, and towed the boat with two aboard into Buzzard’s Point Marina for haul out and repairs. Time on call, 3 hours.
June 27: At 3:40 p.m. the Northumberland County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) received a 911 call from a family of five from Nokesville. Their 23’ Sea-Doo had sucked the bowline into the jet drive and could not be removed. Rescue 2 with a crew of three was dispatched from Olverson’s Marina on Lodge Creek and found the disabled boat in the Coan River. The crew towed the boat to Lewisetta Marina where the boat was placed on the owner’s trailer. Time on call, 3 hours.
June 28: At 4:18 p.m. Rescue 1 with a crew of three traveled to Crane’s Creek to assist a boatowner whose engine overheated and quit on his 21’ center console. The boat was towed to the owner’s dock on Barrett’s Creek. Rescue 1 returned to Reedville boathouse in heavy rain and wind. Time on call 2 hours.
June 30: At 3:40 p.m. the captain of a 39’ Carver luxury yacht ran hard aground trying to enter Smith Point Marina. Rescue 1 responded from Reedville with a crew of three and was able to free the vessel allowing it to reach the marina on its own power. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 4: At 9 a.m. the operator of a 17’ Boston Whaler called 911 to report she and three passengers were adrift in the mouth of Cockrell Creek with an overheated engine. Rescue 1 with a crew of four towed the boat to Shell Landing to be placed on the owner’s trailer. Time on call, 1 hour.
July 4: At 4:10 p.m. the captain of a 40’ wooden trawler called 911 to report he was hard aground on rocks near Buoy 4 in the Great Wicomico River. These subsurface rocks were left when the large navigation light was removed from this site. Rescue 1 and Rescue skiff A, each with three crew aboard were dispatched from Reedville. The crew of Rescue A carried the 2” towline from Rescue 1 holding in deep water to the grounded trawler. Rescue 1 was able to pull the boat free and follow it as it motored to the owner’s dock in Cockrell Creek. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 5: At 9:57 p.m. the owner of a 25’ cabin cruiser with 7 aboard could not start his engine after watching the fireworks in Cockrell Creek. A crew of four on Rescue 1 was able to jump the battery and at the captain’s request followed the boat to the owner’s dock on Blackwell Creek. Time on call, 3 hours.
July 7: At 6:15 p.m. the captain of a 41’ sailboat reported he had run aground on a sandbar in Mill Creek off the Great Wicomico. Rescue 1 with a crew of four was able to free the boat and follow it into Cockrell Creek where it again went aground and was again pulled free. The sailboat then motored to the Crazy Crab where the sailors could recover. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 11: At 9 a.m. the owner of a 17’ runabout called for help after losing his propeller. A Sea Rescue member who was fishing nearby heard the call on his VHS radio and offered to use his boat to tow the small boat with three passengers into Lewisetta Marina where the boater had left his trailer. The Sea Rescue crew who were on call drove to the marina to assist with the docking and trailering of the disabled boat. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 15: At 9 a.m. a crew of two on Rescue 2 towed a 34’ Hunter sailboat from Lewisetta Marina to Olverson’s Marina. Time on call, 2 hours.
July 27: At 1 p.m. the captain of a 26’ cabin cruiser called to report his engine died from suspected bad fuel in Whays Creek. Rescue 1 with a crew of four arrived from Reedville and towed the boat to the owner’s dock. Time on call, 1 hour.
July 31: At 9:10 a.m. a lone sailor on a 28’ sailboat called when his engine locked up. Rescue 2 with a crew of 4 located the boat near Kinsale bridge on the Yeocomico River and towed it to Krentz Marina for repairs. Time on call, 2 hours.
Smith Point Sea Rescue is a totally volunteer rescue unit which serves boaters from Coles Point to the mouth of the Potomac River, south to the Rappahannock River and across the Bay to the eastern shore. The organization receives no governmental monetary support and depends solely on donations to fund their operations.
Smith Point Sea Rescue does not charge for its services and can be reached on VHF channel 16 or by calling 911. Rescue 1 is based in Reedville, Rescue 2 on Lodge Creek near Callao, and Rescue 3 at Smith Point.