UPDATE – Multiple Agencies Respond to Rehoboth Bay Boating Tragedy


UPDATE 9 p.m. – Sgt. Brooke Mitchell, the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police spokeswoman, says the vessel involved was actually a 16-foot fiberglass v-bottom boat.  The man who died had a prior medical history.  The other man is expected to be ok.  The boat likely capsized because of weather, water conditions and wake from other vessels, she added.


Multiple agencies have been searching the Rehoboth Bay after two persons were brought to shore at West Beach Drive in the Angola area where one has been reported deceased.

According to the Coast Guard, the boaters had been aboard a 16-foot flat-bottom vessel that capsized and sunk in the Rehoboth Bay.  A Good Samaritan operating a pontoon boat brought the two persons back to Angola, says Petty Officer Ronald Hodges, Coast Guard spokesman.

The Coast Guard later located the sunken vessel along with a debris field almost two miles west of New Road.  The boat is being salvaged by DNREC and will be taken to dock for the investigation.

Firefighters from Rehoboth Beach, Indian River and Bethany were joined by Sussex County EMS, the state police helicopter, Coast Guard and DNREC during the search which began around 3:40 p.m.

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