Police recover body of missing Arundel boater
Man, 48, jumped into Stony Creek on Saturday and never resurfaced
Fire department crews remove the body of a 48-year-old man who jumped from a boat into Stony Creek on Saturday and never resurfaced. (Craig Urban / Special to The Baltimore Sun / July 31, 2011)
Charles Ryder, 48, of Glen Burnie, was found at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday after authorities said the man jumped Saturday from a moving Sea Ray vessel on Stony Creek at around 5:15 p.m. Officials from several agencies searched for Ryder in the water on Saturday, but could not recover him by nightfall.
Diving teams with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources Police began searching for the man early Sunday morning, said Sgt. Brian Albert, a spokesman for Natural Resources Police. The search also included a device called a "side-scan sonar" that scans the bottom of the creek for large objects.
Police believe the man was not attempting to hurt himself, but jumped into the water as a "joy-riding type of thing, and just thought it would be fun," Albert said.
Two men were also injured Saturday night in another boating incidents near Anne Arundel County.
Passersby picked up two men whose boat had overturned near Thomas Point shortly before 5:30 p.m. Saturday, said Albert said. The two men, ages 32 and 39, were taken to a nearby U.S. Coast Guard station, he said.
The older man was flown to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with life-threatening injuries. The younger man, was driven to the same hospital, Albert said. Albert did not have any information about why the boat overturned.
Albert said Sunday that the men's conditions were unknown, but they were still alive.
Baltimore Sun reporter Steve Kilar contributed to this report.