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Posted at 7:34 PM ET, 06/ 6/2010

Va. man injured in Chesapeake Bay

By Erica Johnston

A 55-year-old Northern Virginia man was injured in the Chesapeake Bay Saturday in what authorities described as a hit and run incident.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police said Mark Gentile, a resident of the Alexandria area, was run over by a boat while in the water Saturday near Thomas Point Light. The incident occurred around 2:30 p.m. between Fishing Creek and South River.

According to the police, Gentile was struck after jumping from his anchored sailboat to retrieve a minnow pot.

The police said that as he was swimming toward the minnow pot he dived beneath the surface to evade a boat, but it struck his legs.

He swam back to his sailboat, where he used a line to stay afloat, as a passenger on the boat called 911. Gentile slipped beneath the surface but personnel from the natural resources police and the Coast Guard jumped in to get him out, the police said.
He was taken to the Annapolis Coast Guard station and flown by the state police to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center.

The natural resources police said he was struck by a 21 foot Donzi type vessel, colored white and champagne. Its occupants were described as a white man and woman, from 30 to 40 years old.

The police asked anyone with informatin to call their coommunication center at 410-260-8888 or to call 800-628-9944 and ask for officer Murray Hunt.

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | June 6, 2010; 7:34 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland, Virginia  
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Comments

2:30 pm? The storm was about to hit that area

How was the other boater supposed to see this idiot diving under water? Thomas Point is a high traffic area used by many as a navigation point. I'm sure many boaters were trying to get back before the storm hit.. what was the this guy doing, fishing before the storm? The navigation area around there is very narrow. This swimmer should have had marked floating bouy's in the water.. did he? I'm sorry he was injured..

Posted by: genbarlow | June 6, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

2:30 pm? The storm was about to hit that area

How was the other boater supposed to see this idiot diving under water? Thomas Point is a high traffic area used by many as a navigation point. I'm sure many boaters were trying to get back before the storm hit.. what was the this guy doing, fishing before the storm? The navigation area around there is very narrow. This swimmer should have had marked floating bouy's in the water.. did he? I'm sorry he was injured..

Posted by: genbarlow | June 6, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

This is a perfect example of a stupid sail boater, they anchor in channels, cut you off when you're trolling, run over our crab pots. Sailboaters need to show some common sense or go back to your little rich world, I mean alot of you have no seamanship what so ever and you wonder why did you get hurt. Her ewe have an idiot anchored at a navigational light and gets hit by a boat, need I say more. We called them weekend warriors in Chesapeake Beach...

Posted by: FrankMonzon | June 6, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

How about another take on this? It's possible the power boater was passing the sailboat at an excessive rate of speed, at too short a distance, perhaps intentionally. Power boaters do this frequently on the Bay, and you know it. All boats are responsible for their wake, regardless of the actions of other boats. I've read accounts that say that the power boater crew looked back and knew they had hit someone, but continued on. Justify that behavior.

Posted by: NatsLubber | June 7, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

And a few more thoughts. First, let's not make this out to be a "rich sailboater with no seamanship sense" condition. Not all sailboaters are rich, and many powerboaters are. Second, many sailboaters have superior seamanship skills; they have to. Finally, let's determine EXACTLY where this boat was anchored before we make any judgments about the fact that he was directly in a navigation channel. I'd like to see where the sailboat was in relation to TPL and the channel, where the swimmer was, and the course the powerboat was following before I make any decisions.

Posted by: NatsLubber | June 7, 2010 7:30 AM | Report abuse

Now it's class warfare? How far from his boat was Gentile? Perhaps the motorboat was passing too close. Plenty of blame all around. The motorboat wouldn't have felt a thing.

Posted by: jckdoors | June 7, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I am so pleased (nearly) everyone has jumped to a conclusion. "Black people don't play tennis, white people sail boats and can't box." Other stupidity to follow...

Jumping to conclusions without additional information is not helpful in the least. What it does point out is that there is much to learn and pay attention to while on the water. Without it people can die.

Rather than draw conclusions, I'd prefer that each of these posters would reflect on what they have done that they know reflects poor judgement while on the water and vow to change it. I'll start.

In the 70's drinking and boating was a bad idea. I did it and am sorry and smarter now. Strangely enough, I'm smarter and cant now afford to boat. Guess I got what's coming to me!

Posted by: morgangale | June 7, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

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