Ocean City Today

Angler gets minor injuries after boat capsizes on Sat.

By Katie Tabeling | Sep 21, 2017
Photo by: Allen Sklar

(Sept. 22, 2017) Rolling swells in the Ocean City inlet Saturday morning caused a small fishing boat to flip onto the rocks of the south jetty and threw the fisherman into the water, the Maryland Natural Resources Police reported.

Douglas Coats, 49, of Bel Air, Maryland was fishing in the inlet in an 18-foot boat around 8:04 a.m. The water was “fairly calm but there were good swells” at that time, said NRP Public Information Officer Candy Thomson.

“One good swell broke over the boat, which caused it to capsize,” Thomson said. “The operator was thrown into the water, and the vessel was washed on the rocks.”

The “Get Sum” charter boat was fishing in the area at the time and Capt. Nick Clemente recused Coats while Coast Guard Station Ocean City, Ocean City Fire Department and NRP officers searched for other passengers.

“We saw him struggling, so we threw him a buoy and brought him aboard,” Clemente said. “We’ve helped out other boats several times before, like a few years back a boat was caught in a rip current behind Assateague, so we pulled them out. There’s some crazy stuff you see out there.”

Coats was taken to West Ocean City by authorities. He received minor scratches and refused medical treatment.

“He’s a very lucky man,” Thomson said.


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