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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
We are an all volunteer organization dedicated to providing assistance to boats having difficulties in the mid-Chesapeake Bay area.
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