Lewes man critically injured in Rehoboth Bay

July 27, 2020

A Lewes man is in critical condition after he was caught in strong current near Massey’s Landing July 26.

The man, 57, and his wife were fishing on Rehoboth Bay in their 2000 19-foot Trophy boat when the man realized a fishing line was stuck underneath the rear of the boat, said Senior Cpl. Heather Pepper of the Delaware State Police.

He jumped into the water to untangle the line but then he realized that the water was deeper than anticipated and the current was strong, Pepper said. The current pulled the man in the opposite direction from the boat, and he had trouble swimming, Pepper said. Eventually, a passing boat saw the man in distress, and several people jumped into the water to pull him into their boat.

Indian River’s 80 Marine 1 launched and was able to quickly locate the designated vessels off the mouth of Massey’s Ditch in Rehoboth Bay; responders quickly loaded the patient onboard and reported a male subject, unconscious and not breathing, according to Indian River Volunteer Fire Co. website. Indian River’s 80 Marine 2 then launched and met up with 80 Marine 1, transferring a crew member to assist with patient care before all vessels returned to the Massey’s Landing Public Boat Ramp. 

The man was taken to a nearby hospital where he is listed in critical condition. His name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin and extended family, Pepper said.

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