Shore couple found dead in water at their marina Dorchester man and wife apparently fell, officials say


Watermen working in Madison Bay, an inlet about 10 miles southwest of Cambridge, found the bodies of a Lower Eastern Shore man and his wife yesterday morning.

The couple -- Gene Currey, 57, and his wife, Mary Currey, 60 -- of Taylors Island in Dorchester County and Harrington, Del., had apparently fallen into the water, said John Surrick of the state Department of Natural Resources.

"They have a restaurant on the bay and had apparently closed up early this morning and went to get on their boat," he said.

The agency is investigating the deaths. The state medical examiner will perform autopsies. "There were no signs of foul play," said Surrick. "The woman's purse was found with money in it."

The bodies were seen floating near the refueling dock in front of their Madison Bay Campground and Marina shortly before 9 a.m. and were recovered by local firefighters, Surrick said.

The couple had a 30-foot pleasure boat at the dock, said David A. Horseman, chief of the Madison Volunteer Fire Department. Like many of the nearly 150 vessels docked in the bay, the couple's boat was covered with snow and ice.

Gene Currey's body was about 20 feet from the dock. His wife's body was about 100 feet from the dock. Both were fully clothed, though Mary Currey was not wearing shoes, Horseman said.

"We haven't had anything like this before," said Horseman, a 38-year veteran of the department.

Pub Date: 1/02/99

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