Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s daughter and grandson identified as missing kayakers

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The kayak and a paddle was recovered south of Shady Side just east of Rockhold Creek in Deale just after 7:00pm and the search continued for another 30 minutes until darkness precluded authorities from continuing.

The search resumed earlier this morning although someone close to the investigation said this has turned into a recovery effort.

 

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 03, 2020)—The Coast Guard is searching for two canoers last sighted ten miles south of Annapolis near Herring Bay, Maryland, Thursday evening.

The missing canoers have been identified as a 41 year-old woman and her 8 year-old son.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Maryland National Capitol Region command center received a report from Maryland State Police members that two individuals were seen struggling to return to shore in a canoe near Herring Bay and not seen again by the reporting individual.

An Air Station Atlantic City MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Annapolis 45-foot Response Boat-Medium boatcrew were launched to assist in the search.

An Air Station Elizabeth City C-130 Hercules aircrew and a Coast Guard Station Inigoes boat crew are continuing the search Friday morning along with the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan.

Also assisting in the search are members of the Queen Anne Police Department, Arundel Police Department, Maryland Natural Resource Police, and Maryland State Police.

Anyone with additional information regarding this case should contact the Sector Maryland command center at 410-576-2525.
 

Hijinx

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The water is still cold the wind was blowing all day yesterday,and these people went out in a canoe or Kayak.
On top of that they were told to stay home.
That's not at all bright.
 

herb749

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Can anyone get this story right. Was it a kayak or canoe.? Or the local news showing an empty boat last night.

Tragic story, but from the look of the water and waves you'd be crazy to go out in it.
 

Hessian

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Read that a ball blew into the water...Mom and kid jump into a canoe(?) to retrieve ball. Wind makes it impossible to return.
Possible they never thought to grab life vests if they were "only" going off shore to grab the ball.
In my opinion.. Canoes are MUCH more unstable in windy conditions than kayaks...I don't even trust them in Summer time.
  1. A Quick rescue of a ball could get you blown miles off course when facing 20+ mile/hour winds.
  2. Never exhaust yourself trying to fight back into the wind. Seek the nearest Wind-break cove and paddle in. Most waterfront folks would gladly take you in & call for assistance.
  3. Never get in a boat...and face windy weather without a good PFD.
Anyway,...very tragic decisions were made.
 
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Update/Final: Coast Guard suspends search for missing canoers near Annapolis, Maryland

This is a graphic of the combined search patterns conducted by Coast Guard assets April 2 and 3, 2020, during a search for two missing persons after their canoe was found ten miles south of Annapolis near Herring Beach, Maryland. (U.S. Coast Guard Graphic)

ANNAPOLIS, Md — The Coast Guard suspended the search Friday evening for two canoers who went missing near Herring Bay, Maryland, Thursday evening.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region command center initially received a report from Maryland State Police members that two individuals were seen struggling to return to shore in a canoe near Herring Bay and not seen again by the reporting individual.

Involved in the search were:

  • Coast Guard Cutter Angela McShan
  • Station Annapolis
  • Station Oxford
  • Station St. Indigoes
  • Air Station Atlantic City
  • Air Station Elizabeth City
  • Maryland State Police
  • Maryland Natural Resource Police
  • Anne Arundel County Fire Rescue
Coast Guard personnel searched a combined total of 3658 square miles over air, sea, and land over a period of 26 hours.

"This was a difficult case, and even more difficult to make the decision to suspend the search," said Cmdr. Matthew Fine, deputy sector commander and active search suspension authority at Sector Maryland-National Capitol Region command center. "Our crews and partners did everything they could to find them. We've kept the family informed at every step during the search, and our thoughts are with them tonight."
 

David

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On top of that they were told to stay home.
Yes, you can still go outside.

Walking or running around your block or going for a hike at a local county or state park is OK. Taking your dog for a walk is fine, too. The governor’s office just asks that you practice social distancing as you come across others and above all, use common sense.

 

Hijinx

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Yes, you can still go outside.

Walking or running around your block or going for a hike at a local county or state park is OK. Taking your dog for a walk is fine, too. The governor’s office just asks that you practice social distancing as you come across others and above all, use common sense.

Well: you see dave I wrote that before I saw the article about going after a ball and assumed they were just going out canoeing in a 30 Mile an hour gale. I did not know that they were going out to rescue a $5.00 ball, and in their haste they forgot all about safety and life jackets and the 3 foot waves. The risks they took are much easier to understand now.
 
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