Members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources are investigating the first fatal boating accident of 2011 near Elliotts Island after a man fell overboard and drowned. Maryland Department of Natural Resources Sgt. Art Windemuth said Samuel Edwin Todd, 69, of Crocheron, was power dredging for oysters in a work boat at the mouth of Goose Creek in Fishing Bay when the dredge knocked him overboard.
Crew member Melecio Hernandez Granados, 28, of Woolford, was unable to operate the work boat and tried calling for help on the radio. When Granados received no response, he went to the deck of the boat and began waving for help. Nearby watermen William Earl Abey, of East New Market, and Scott David Zeinog, of Secretary, saw Granados waving for help and went over to help him.
Windemuth said Todd was in the 39 degree water for about 10 to 12 minutes before Abey and Zeinog pulled him out of the water. When the rescue boat arrived, Todd was unconscious. Todd was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury where he was pronounced dead, said Windemuth. Todd’s body was taken to the office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.