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Posted at 2:32 PM ET, 07/26/2010

Third storm-related death reported in Md.

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating the death of a 63-year-old Annapolis man who was knocked from his jet ski during Sunday's fierce thunderstorm.

Warren Douglas Smith and a friend were riding a jet skis half a mile south of the Bay Bridge in the Chesapeake Bay when they encountered storm winds estimated at 60 miles per hour and waves five to six feet high, officials said.

Smith and Elmer Sappington, 65, of Severn, saw the storm approaching and were racing back toward Sandy Point State Park when Sappington was knocked off his jet ski by the force of the storm. After he got back on, he noticed Smith laying facedown in the water, officials said. Sappington picked up Smith, who was unconscious, headed toward Sandy Point and flagged down a passing tug boat. The boat's operator called the NRP.

Officers responded and transported Smith to Sandy Point. From there, he was taken to Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Smith’s body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy. The NRP’s special operations division is continuing to investigate.

In all, the NRP responded to 11 incidents during the storm, including reports of four capsized vessels and two overturned vessels. At least one other person was hospitalized.

There were two other storm-related deaths Sunday, including a 6-year-old boy from Sterling who was struck by a falling tree in Loudoun County, and a 44-year-old woman who was killed when a tree fell on a minivan she was driving in College Park about 3:30 p.m.

By Washington Post editors  | July 26, 2010; 2:32 PM ET
Categories:  Maryland  
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Don't any of you numb nuts use a weather radio? What [TF] were you doing out in the middle of the Bay in mid afternoon when a strong storm front had been forecast for at least the previous 24 hours? Were you born stupid, or was your stupidity the result of long and arduous matriculation? By the time you see a a black wall cloud, it's way too late to head in. Never, ever, EVER head out onto big water in a little boat without knowing the NOAA forecast, and being ready to act conservatively to mitigate the risk.

If this had been a sail or paddle boat, I ight have some sympathy. But it was a jet ski....and there is no better karma for a jet ski than a nasty squall. Looks like the Law of Natural Selection was working.

Posted by: angelos_peter | July 26, 2010 10:03 PM | Report abuse

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