Investigators are looking for eyewitnesses to this fatal boat explosion. Photo: Mike Walsh

Police Investigate Fatal Bohemia River Boat Explosion

An explosion rocked a powerboat on the Bohemia River Saturday night, costing a 69-year-old man his life. Now, criminal investigators are asking for eyewitnesses to come forward.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) tell Bay Bulletin the vessel had “some type of explosion which resulted in a fire on the vessel” around 7:15 p.m. Saturday, in the area of Veazey Neck on the Bohemia.

Fire crews from Chesapeake City, Cecilton, Hacks Point, and Charlestown all responded along with NRP and a Coast Guard crew from Still Pond.

There were two people on board the boat, a man and a woman. The woman was rescued by a passing jetskier and was unharmed. She was transported to waiting EMS units to be checked out.

But the man, Michael Steinmetz from Essex, Baltimore County, was found in the water unresponsive. An NRP officer on the scene and a good Samaritan attempted life-saving measures until he was transferred to Cecil County EMS units. He was pronounced dead.

NRP is asking for anyone with information or photographs to please email [email protected] or call 410-260-8888. You can remain anonymous.

Bay Bulletin will update this story with any new information we receive.

-Meg Walburn Viviano