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 22ND ANNUAL SMITH POINT SEA RESCUE OYSTER ROAST

 

  

       
               

       The members of Smith Point Sea Rescue would like 
to thank the 250 friends and neighbors who supported the
organization by attending the 23rd annual oyster roast on
Saturday March 4.  More than 60 bushels of delicious oysters
from Cowart Seafood were steamed and enjoyed, along with
clam chowder, hot dogs, all washed down with cold beer and
wine. 

   Thanks also to the generous team at Little River Seafood
who once again hosted the event at their fish house on the Little Wicomico. 

   Mark you calendar for the first Saturday of March 2018 when
we will do it again!!
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  Smith Point Sea Rescue

Smith Point Sea Rescue had its origin in the heart and mind of Dr. Robert E. Beatley and his wife, Vera. The desire to form this squad followed the successful rescue of a father and two young children. This threesome had spent a chilly November night hanging onto the bow of a sunken boat in the bay near Reedville. In the fall of 1973, Dr. Beatley's dream came true. Smith Point Sea Rescue was born. 

Smith Point Sea Rescue, Inc. was officially organized in 1974 as an all volunteer sea rescue service. Its members comprise the last remaining Volunteer Sea Rescue unit on the Chesapeake Bay. 

Members share duties year round, 24 hours a day to maintain equipment, conduct training, and respond to search and rescue missions. Smith Point Sea Rescue covers the middle Chesapeake Bay between Potomac River and the Rappahannock River and the Potomac River from Ragged Point to the Bay. All members are volunteers. 


 OFFICERS ELECTED FOR 2017

President:  Gary Sprifke        Board of Directors
Vice Pres:  Jim Bullard                  Jim Rankin
Secretary:  Dwight Hassler            Ray Dabney
Treasurer:  Leigh Doptis                Andy Kauders
 




During its many years, Smith Point Sea Rescue has gone from rather humble beginnings, where members volunteered their boats as well as themselves, to its current formidable and prestigious unit. Today it has three boats to operate rescue services. 

Presently serving Smith Point Sea Rescue is a

  • 42 foot Provincial (Rescue I) 
  • 19 foot Carolina Skiff (Rescue II)
  • 27 foot Blackfin (Rescue III)

     
        Rescue III racing to scene           Rescue I towing a boat

    Rescue I and Rescue II are kept on Cockrell's Creek off the Great Wicomico River, while Rescue III is kept at Olverson's Lodge Creek Marina and serves the lower Potomac River. 

    Smith Point Sea Rescue, receives no monetary support from any state or governmental agency. Funds are derived from donations and fund raising events such as the Oyster Roast. Smith Point Sea Rescue has a tax-exempt status [501 (c)3] from the Internal Revenue Service. 

    Smith Point Sea Rescue, is pleased to help boaters in their time of need. It monitors VHF Channel 16. Sea Rescue may also be reached through the Northumberland Sheriff's office at 804-580-5221 or 911.  
We are an all volunteer organization dedicated to providing assistance to boats having difficulties in the mid-Chesapeake Bay area.

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