KENT ISLAND — The body of the missing fisherman whose boat ran aground on Kent Island Nov. 7 was spotted floating in the water near Tilghman Island Saturday afternoon, Nov. 9, according to Maryland Natural Resources Police.
Spokesman Lauren Moses said NRP recovered the body at 2:30 p.m. about 18 miles from where his running boat grounded near Kent Point Road on the southern end of Kent Island.
Moses identified the boater as Jae Jin, 64, of Ashburn, Va.
“He was fishing recreationally. He had been out since the 6th and slept overnight on the boat and was fishing till mid-day on the 7th,” Moses said. A friend was last in contact with him at 12:46 p.m. Thursday.
A Kent Islander saw Jin’s 28-foot boat come slowly to shore about 3:20 p.m. Thursday. It was still running, with fishing lines out and freshly caught fish aboard. That person notified Coast Guard Station Annapolis.
A phone was later found aboard and the man’s truck and trailer were found at a marina in Deale, the Coast Guard reported.
Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capital Region Command Center watchstanders requested boat crews from the Maryland Natural Resources Police and Queen Anne’s County and a helicopter from the Maryland State Police, which joined Coast Guard crews aboard a boat from Station Annapolis and a helicopter from Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey. Fire boats from Kent Island and United Communities volunteer fire departments assisted in the search.
Authorities had been looking for the man since Thursday afternoon. Jin was not wearing a life jacket, Moses said.
NOAA satellite readings showed water temperature in the Bay was around 59 degrees Farenheit when Jin went missing. Water temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees are considered “very dangerous” and “immediately life-threatening” because an unprotected person immersed in it quickly loses control of their breathing and experiences cold shock, according to the National Center for Cold Water Safety.
Jin’s body was taken to the Maryland Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for autopsy.