Boating Crash

CENTREVILLE — Labor Day weekend took a tragic turn for one family in a boating accident on the Corsica River late Saturday afternoon, Sept. 5.

Natural Resources Police responded at 4:43 p.m. for a water rescue in the area of red buoy number 8. Officers learned that a 17-ft. Sea Ray Bowrider had struck a shoal and threw one of the occupants off the boat over the bow, according to Lauren Moses, NRP spokesman.

The vessel continued forward, running over and striking the occupant who had been thrown out, Moses said Sunday, Sept. 6. She identified the injured person as Hannah Ash, 23, of Chester.

Goodwill Volunteer Fire Company responded to assist with the injured person, said Assistant Chief Jeremy Davis. Queen Anne’s County Emergency Services also responded.

A landing zone was set up in the soccer field at Northbrook, and Ash was flown by Maryland State Police helicopter to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore for treatment of reported head trauma.

Ash later succumbed to her injuries at the hospital, Moses said. Ash’s name was withheld until Monday while her family was being notified.

According to Ash’s obituary, she graduated from Towson University in 2019, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Marketing, and had recently moved from Pennsylvania to Maryland to be with the love of her life Chase Clough. She was employed at Talbot Country Club as the membership and marketing director.

In 2019, Maryland had 144 reportable boating accidents; 65 of those caused injuries; 16 of those were fatal, resulting in 20 deaths.

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