Short version: discovered an inflatable dinghy
floating capsized in the Chesapeake Bay
in vicinity of Point Lookout on Saturday, June 11, just after a severe squall hit and departed the area. We have the dinghy
and are looking for the owner.
Long Version: On Saturday, June 11, after weathering a severe squall at about 1800 hours on the Chesapeake Bay
in the vicinity of Smith Point and Lookout Point (right at the mouth of the Potomac), we found an overturned inflatable
dinghy floating in the middle of the bay. We had sailed to the capsized craft to make sure there was no one in the water
. After righting the dinghy (with motor
attached, we discovered), we took it in tow (we were on the third night of a passage
from Wrightsville Beach, NC to Annapolis) and called on VHF
16 to anyone who had lost
a dinghy. The Coast Guard answered, took information, issued then cancelled a pan pan (cancelled after determining that the dinghy was likely lost
while in tow rather than capsized with souls on board), and told us they'd take no further action unless someone contacted them. No one else responded to our Ch. 16 call reporting the lost/found dinghy.
The dinghy had a long towing painter attached to a towing bridle
, an outboard
motor attached, and some personal items (anchor, etc.) attached also. There are no identifying marks, registration
numbers, etc. on either the dinghy or motor, or in the personal items, other than VIN and serial
numbers. No name, vessel name, etc.
We (actually another cruising friend/retired police officer) have contacted Virginia and Maryland
authorities, run VIN and serial
number checks, etc. and so far have had no luck in finding the owner.
Because we were on passage
, and didn't want to leave the dinghy floating as a hazard to navigation
nor did we want to divert to leave it anywhere, we towed it and it is currently at a friends dock
. We are taking steps to preserve the motor (fresh water
rinse, and I'll start figuring out what to do next).
As we are a cruising family
, we realize that the dinghy is more than just a $4000 bill, it is the family
car, and replacing would be a pain. We would like to get this dinghy/motor to its rightful owner if at all possible. If you lost a dinghy on the Chesapeake on June 11, or know someone who did, please PM me.
Mods, if there is a better forum on which to post this please cross post or let me know and I'll do it.
Dave on SV Liberty