Emergency crews bring the victim to shore. Photo: Marine Emergency Team 21/Facebook

Angler Dies after Water Rescue Near Hart-Miller Island

A 61-year-old man died Saturday evening after being pulled from the water near Hart-Miller Island, where Middle and Back rivers meet the Bay.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) say the man was fishing with a friend on a 14-foot v-hull boat around 5 p.m. when it capsized in rough waters. The man’s friend was able to swim to shore, but the victim was not.

Marine Emergency Team 21, a volunteer marine fire/rescue group, say they deployed rescue swimmers and organized bystanders to help with the shallow-water search.

A witness named Adam, who was among the dozens of boaters at Hart-Miller Island that afternoon, helped in the search. He tells Bay Bulletin the water was about four feet deep in the area. He says a chain of people walked the area and recovered the victim.

When the man was found and brought aboard the fire rescue boat, he was in critical condition. The North Point Edgemere VFD helped transfer the victim to shore where a Baltimore County Fire Department paramedic rushed him to the hospital. He died about an hour and 15 minutes later, NRP say.

Police are awaiting autopsy results and continue to investigate the accident.

-Meg Walburn Viviano