KENT ISLAND — The Coast Guard and Maryland authorities are searching the Chesapeake Bay by boat and helicopter for a missing fisherman whose boat ran aground on the southern end of Kent Island Thursday, Nov. 7, around 3 p.m.
According to the Coast Guard, the 28-ft.boat belongs to a 65-year-old Asian man. A person on Kent Island saw the boat come slowly to shore near Kent Point Road and notified Coast Guard Station Annapolis that the boat was aground, running, with fishing lines out and freshly caught fish aboard, which prompted the search.
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.
The marina reported the man departed at about 7:30 a.m. and a friend was in contact with him at 12:46 p.m.
NOAA satellite readings show water temperature in the Bay was around 59 degrees Farenheit when the man 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.
The Coast Guard Cutter Dolphin was expected to arrive after midnight and continue the search throughout the night.
Coast Guard officials ask that if anyone saw anything or has any information, that they contact the Sector Maryland-National Capital Region at 410-576-2525 or on VHF-FM Channel 16.