Man, 33, dies in boat accident

The Baltimore Sun

An Ellicott City man died early yesterday after the boat in which he was riding struck a channel marker in waters off Baltimore County, police said.

Divers with the Baltimore County Fire Department found the body of Michael D. Schott, 33, about 2:20 a.m. near the boat in about 8 to 12 feet of water in the Pleasure Island Cut, a small inlet near where the Back River meets the Chesapeake Bay, said Sgt. Ken Turner, a spokesman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police.

The boat's two other occupants were rescued. The owner and operator of the 24-foot motorboat, William C. Spittel, 51, of Baltimore, was listed in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center last night after suffering a concussion. Another passenger, Jason J. Bard, 34, of Frederick, was not injured.

The Baltimore County 911 center received a report of a boating accident about 12:50 a.m. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Diana Smith, Schott's fiancee, said he was a native of Pittsburgh and had moved to Maryland in the late 1990s. Recently, he had been working as a project manager at United Sortation Solutions in Owings Mills.

Smith said Schott had been looking forward to the trip on his co-worker's boat all week.

John Carney, a friend of Schott's, said: "It's really tough for everybody here today, and we're really glad that we were able to know Mike. He lived life with a wonderful outlook, and he was a joy to know."

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