Two dead in boating-related incidents in Anne Arundel County

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed the deaths of two people in separate, boating-related incidents in Anne Arundel County.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) responded to Solleys Cove Park in Curtis Bay for a report of a jon boat, with no operator aboard, circling in Curtis Creek on July 3. The body of the missing boater, whose name is not being released at the request of family, was recovered July 5.

According to DNR, the victim was 60-years-old and not wearing a life jacket – the investigation is ongoing.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Maryland State Police (aviation) and the U.S. Coast Guard assisted in the search and recovery.

In a separate incident on July 4, NRP officers responded at 8:30 pm to reports of a man that didn’t resurface after jumping off of a boat in the Rhode River in Edgewater.

“Witnesses said the boat was in about two feet of water when the man, later identified as Jose Salvador Rodriguez, of Beltsville, jumped from the boat into the water,” according to a statement released by DNR. ” Witnesses say Rodriguez began to struggle to get back on the vessel; the other occupants were unsuccessful in their attempts to help him and he submerged.”

Anne Arundel County Fire Department divers recovered Rodriguez’s body “at about 11:18 p.m. in water about 3.7 feet deep,” according to DNR.

Rodriguez was 37-years-old.

According to a Facebook post by Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Calvert County Fire-Rescue-EMS (maritime) and Maryland State Police (aviation) assisted in the search and recovery.

“Officers said the victim was not wearing a lifejacket and alcohol may have been a factor,” according to the statement issued by DNR. “The incident remains under investigation.”

This may be updated should more information become available.

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