After more than 13 drownings in Maryland waterways this year to date, Governor Martin O’Malley and the Maryland Natural Resources Police are asking everyone to use extra caution when out on the water. Read more
Maryland Natural Resources Police officers Tuesday recovered the bodies of two men missing since the weekend. Read more
Cool, refreshing, inviting—and potentially deadly.
“Maryland is blessed with many lakes and rivers and the Chesapeake Bay that are perfect spots to gather with friends and family to cool off,” said DNR Secretary Joe Gill. “But those places also can be dangerous if you aren’t prepared or you don’t respect the power of water.”
The goal this July 4th weekend for the Maryland Natural Resources Police is simple: fewer boating accidents.
The game plan is direct: officers will be going all-out on the State’s waterways, from the Atlantic Ocean to Deep Creek Lake.
“Our officers will be aggressively targeting reckless and negligent boaters and those whose judgment is impaired by alcohol or drugs,” said Col. George F. Johnson IV, NRP superintendent. “We want to ensure that Maryland families and our visitors have a safe and happy holiday.” Read more
Wear a lifejacket?
“For me, it was the difference between life and death,” said Anthony McCreary, who was swept overboard during a squall last Friday and bobbed helplessly as the sailboat he was on disappeared into the driving rain below the Bay Bridge. “I will never walk down a dock or get on a boat without it.”
As temperatures rise and the boating season swings into high gear, the Maryland Natural Resources Police urges boaters, swimmers and anglers to wear lifejackets and follow safety tips when in and around the water. Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police reminds boaters, anglers and paddlers that conditions on many State waterways remain unpredictable this holiday weekend, with some high water levels, missing navigational markers and debris posing unexpected hazards.
Officials are warning boaters and paddlers to be aware of two major logjams on the Monocacy River in Frederick County, one of which almost claimed the life of a kayaker. The obstructions are at the Gas House Pike Bridge and a CSX railroad bridge. Paddlers are urged to walk with their kayaks and canoes around the obstructions. Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Coast Guard and the U.S. Power Squadrons will sponsor a National Safe Boating Week kick off event at the Annapolis City Dock. This event will feature exhibits, interactive booths, boater safety classes and no-risk vessel safety checks ─ all free to the public. Read more
Mishap serves as a reminder to always wear a life jacket
A Maryland Natural Resources Police officer and two Good Samaritans in a sailboat battled gusty winds, three-foot waves and bone-chilling water temperatures to rescue six people, all of whom were wearing a lifejacket, from a sinking boat in the Magothy River last weekend. Read more
The Maryland Natural Resources Police has announced ─ based on information received from the National Weather Service and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency ─ that boating and other recreational use of the Upper Potomac River, including its creeks and streams, should be avoided at this time. Due to recent precipitation, river levels are hazardous for recreational use on the main stem of the Upper Potomac River from Harpers Ferry to Little Falls.
The advisory is in effect until April 3, 2014 and will be updated at that time if necessary. Read more