bad news, sux...

Discussion in 'Mid-Atlantic' started by Pirate Lady, Aug 6, 2022.

  1. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers

    Sad to hear that. A lot of folks don't understand how a river works. There is always a current and turbulence in the water as it makes its way to the Bay; The bottom of the Potomac is mud which normally makes it impossible to see anything below the surface of the Potomac.

    It is really easy to become disoriented if you find yourself under water since the sunlight disappears and for most people they can't tell up from down.

    I have been boating on this river for 25 years and almost every year there is another set of tragedies where people think it is a swimming pool.

    I like being in the river but we always tend to be near shore and have floats out that are attached with lines to the boat. Even then.......I would be really nervous to have kids in the water without a life vest. Even my Lab wears a vest and she is a great swimmer.
     
    NorCalRobert, blaster and Chris-380 like this.
  2. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Please correct if wrong but isn’t it illegal to swim in most of the Potomac?
    Cant recall where I read that.
     
  3. blaster

    blaster Well-Known Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F-250 CCLB 6.2 4x4 3.73 rear.
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    No. There is an area above Key bridge but not where this happened.
     
  4. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Well-Known Member

    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    2021 Solar 420
    '97 5.7 Bravo 2
    '20 Merc 25 EFI Jet
    What a tragedy. Would think jumping from a boat being held (even just back in this situation) at anchor would be a common sense thing?
     
  5. boatman37

    boatman37 Well-Known Member

    Jun 6, 2015
    pittsburgh
    2006 Crownline 250CR. 5.7 Merc BIII
    Previous: 1986 Sea Ray 250 Sundancer. 260 Merc Alpha 1 Gen 1
    5.7 Merc BIII
    A mushroom anchor?
     
  6. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers

    Generally you can be in the water from the 14th Street Bridge to a mile north of Key Bridge (the bottom goes shallow with rocks north of that). On decent days you will see boats at anchor or at Harbor Place in Georgetown which is north of Memorial Bridge. It is no wake north of Memorial Bridge.

    https://charts.noaa.gov/PDFs/12289.pdf

    DC Health department still does not allow most fish extracted from the northern Potomac to be eaten and recommends that you not swim if you have any cuts or open sores.

    A good friend was a diver for the DC Water Police. They mandated the use of dry suits to minimize the diver's contact with the water.

    You want to avoid being in the water between south of the 14th Street Bridge to Wilson Bridge. The Sewage treatment plants frequently dump raw sewage in the river during heavy rains.:eek:
     
  7. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Sounds like my area, next river over, thin peninsula, is the famous Back River Shat Plant. Frequently overflows. Separates Dundalk from Essex/Middle River. Old local joke. “My girlfriend told me to kiss her where it stinks, so I drove her to Dundalk”.
     
  8. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    frequently overflows or rarely doesn’t overflow? Back River plant is taking the attention off the Patapsco River plant which is equally as bad.

    Haven’t seen the plant affecting waterfront home prices on the Back River, though. Have you? If you were a gambling man and believe people the state will fix this issue, maybe buy a few back River waterfront residences and flip them once progress is made?
     
  9. Phil S

    Phil S Well-Known Member

    Oct 16, 2020
    Taxachusetts
    2004 300DA
    5.0 Merc MPI
    Bravo III

    2022 KL Tender
    6hp Mercury OB
    [​IMG]
     
  10. mrsrobinson

    mrsrobinson Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 9, 2006
    Virginia, USA
    2001 Sea Ray 380DA
    3126 purring CATs
    And this is why we tied a line off the stern cleat and held on to it when we first jumped in the water, especially somewhere new.
     
  11. scooper321

    scooper321 Well-Known Member

    Jul 4, 2015
    Baltimore, MD
    2003 Sea Ray 400DB
    Twin Cummins 6CTA-8.3
    wow. Calm down. I wasn’t making a point. I was just chatting. Observing that hone values haven’t changed much. That’s it. Sorry for your illness. HM isn’t one of my stops either.
     
  12. The Dark Side

    The Dark Side Active Member

    109
    Oct 16, 2020
    Middle River, MD
    2008 Larson 370
    Volvo 8.1's
    How's the water quality in Middle River, just off the end of the runway at the mouth of Frog Mortar Creek? Seems like a popular swimming spot.
     
  13. SKybolt

    SKybolt Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Nov 11, 2014
    Kent Narrows, MD
    460 EC
    Detroit 6v92TA
    (Low profile's)
    Alison Gears
    Westerbeke
    12.5kw Genset
    You guys need to come over to the Eastern Shore where it is a lot better. Fairlee Creek, Chester river and Swan Creek and a few more.

    But yeah, that is tragic what happened, even out in the ocean you need to throw a line in while you swim. The boat can disappear pretty quickly.
     
  14. Pirate Lady

    Pirate Lady Well-Known Member

    Jun 2, 2020
    Chesapeake Bay, Middle River
    '91 250 Sundancer
    7.4 Bravo 1
    Swim. In the ocean. Sharks in the ocean. You go in the ocean. Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies….
    upload_2022-8-15_17-14-57.gif
     
  15. dwna1a

    dwna1a Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Apr 23, 2012
    James River
    88 Weekender 300 "Seahorse"
    Twins 350
    We do the same. As a matter of fact most of the boaters we go out with do the same. It’s not uncommon to see floats 25 to 50 feet behind most of our boats. Still this is a very sad story
     

Share This Page

Show Sidebar