A cabin cruiser returning Saturday night from a fishing trip on the Chesapeake Bay slammed into a stone jetty, tossing the boat's five occupants into Herring Bay and leaving one of them in critical condition.
Erin M. Hitt, 32, of Bowie, who broke his jaw during the accident, was in critical condition yesterday at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly, where he underwent surgery, a hospital spokeswoman said. The four others were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Maryland Department of Natural Resources investigators were not sure why the boat hit the jetty and will continue to investigate, said DNR spokesman Richard McIntyre.
McIntyre said the boat was traveling at 20 knots -- about 25 mph -- when it hit the stone jetty about 10 p.m. The impact of the crash sent the craft up onto the jetty, causing more than $10,000 in damage to the 14-year-old, 27-foot Bayliner, he said.
The boat was returning to Herrington Harbour in Rose Haven, south of the town of Deale in southern Anne Arundel County, when the accident occurred. The stone jetty juts 50 yards into the water, separating Herring Bay from Rockhold Creek, whose banks are crowded with restaurants, marinas and boat launches.
The boat was being operated by Scott K. Ashlin, 35, of Riverdale, but was owned by Ronald G. Ginste, 34, of Germantown, who was a passenger at the time. The other two aboard were Leland D. Jackson Jr., 34, of Deale, and Leigh A. Livelsberger, 35, of Gaithersburg.
Pub Date: 6/15/98