SCOTLAND, Md. -
A morning on the water for the first day of rockfish season took a tragic turn for two Maryland fishermen Saturday.
Two men died and four others were rescued after their boat overturned in the Chesapeake Bay near Point Lookout State Park.
The deceased are identified as David Chase, 55 and David Fletcher, 43, both of Lexington Park, Md.
According to officials, the boaters got into trouble just before 8:30 a.m. when their 23-foot vessel began taking on water about two miles south of Point Lookout State Park. The boat filled with water and overturned, dumping all six passengers into three to five foot waves in the Bay.
Coast Guard monitors at the Baltimore command center overheard a radio broadcast by a local charter boat captain asking for help finding an overturned boat. The Coast Guard dispatched a 45-foot rescue boat from the nearby Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes. Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Naval Air Station Patuxent River also responded.
Four of the six passengers were rescued. The bodies of the two deceased men were recovered and taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.
Maryland Natural Resources Police is leading the investigation.
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