Two people died and four were rescued in a boating accident on the Chesapeake Bay Saturday when their 25-foot boat capsized two miles south of Point Lookout State Park in St. Mary's County, according to Department of Natural Resources Police.
Sgt. Brian Albert, a spokesman for the DNR police, said authorities were still on the scene and were trying to recover the boat. The victims were identified as two Lexington Park, Md., men — David Chase, 55, and David Fletcher, 43.
"We think that the accident was due to rough seas, but we're not positive," Albert said.
The Coast Guard overheard a broadcast from a local charter boat captain asking for assistance, the agency said. The captain received a phone call from a relative of someone on board who had called them saying the 25-foot boat was taking on water, according to the Coast Guard. Waves of three to five feet had been reported at the time.
Boats from the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department, Patuxent Naval Air Station, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police and the U.S. Coast Guard participated in the rescue, said Petty Officer Jason Stanley, a spokesman for the Coast Guard.
"The wind's pretty good so it’s kind of rough out there," Albert added. “It's going to impede our recovery of the boat.”
Saturday is the first day of the striped bass fishing season, and Albert said many people were out on the water.
The survivors were taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Leonardtown. Some were suffering from hypothermia and first responders administered CPR, according to the Ridge Volunteer Fire Department.
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