Sandie Doptis mans the lines during recent rescue
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 2018
President: Andy Kauders Board of Directors
Vice Pres: Jim Bullard Ray Dabney
Secretary: Bill Turville Russ Bertino
Treasurer: Leigh Doptis Don Stone
Senior Boat Captain: Buddy Sylvia
Past President: Gary Sprifke
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 Rescue1 rescues rescue boat then rescues other boat
US Coast Guard observes
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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