Queen Anne's County authorities recover a boater's body from the Chester River

Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 18:55:20-04

Crews recovered the body of a man who fell off a boat in the Chester River in Queen Anne's County,

The 69-year-old man slipped and fell off a 42-foot cabin cruiser Tuesday morning. Two other people were on board and told authorities they could not move the boat to help him, according to a press release from the U.S. Coast Guard.

Crews began scanning the water, which was 48 degrees, for the man. An Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew spotted him from the air and a Coast Guard crew recovered his body shortly before 1 p.m.

The Queen Anne’s County fire department, Maryland State Police, Maryland Natural Resource Police and a small boat crew from Annapolis also aided in the search.