58-Year-Old St. Mary’s County Man killed Sunday Afternoon at Leonardtown Wharf Summer Regatta

July 30, 2018

A single boat accident occurred on Sunday, July 29, 2018, during the Summer Regatta at Leonardtown Wharf.

Boat 5 from the Seventh District Volunteer Fire Department immediately responded to the accident scene and one crew member entered the water. The crew utilized the floating stokes basket and hoisted the patient into Boat 5. CPR was initiated by the crew and the patient was transferred to an ambulance from the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad.

The vintage boat operated by Charles David Downs, 58, was traveling on Breton Bay at about 80 mph “when the bow raised up and the boat flipped over, ejecting the driver.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police reported the 58-year-old St. Mary’s County man was killed Sunday afternoon after his boat flipped at 80 mph and he was ejected during a Coast Guard-sanctioned event on Breton Bay near Leonardtown.

The event was sponsored by the Southern Maryland Boat Club.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is investigating the incident.


10 Responses to 58-Year-Old St. Mary’s County Man killed Sunday Afternoon at Leonardtown Wharf Summer Regatta

  1. Mary on July 30, 2018 at 10:39 am

    Many many prayers!!!!

  2. Speed is fun until.. on July 30, 2018 at 10:52 am

    That’s moving pretty good on the water.

    Sad news he died.

  3. Anonymous on July 30, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    80 mph on a boat… yikes

  4. Shawn on July 31, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Ban race boats.

    • Anonymous on August 1, 2018 at 11:03 am

      Yup. People get killed boat racing

    • Anonymous on August 1, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      Why? Do you think they should ban auto racing too?

      • AliceW on August 3, 2018 at 9:10 am

        Around here just ban cars since most fatalities are into poles.

  5. Beth cargill on August 1, 2018 at 12:16 am

    So sorry for his lost! He was a good man! He will be missed by many!rest in peace my friend!

  6. Linda on August 1, 2018 at 8:22 pm

    Charles was a great friend to so many of us. He was doing what he loved to do on Sunday. Unfortunetly accidents do happen during any kind of hobby/event. Prayers too his beautiful wife Rosine who has always stood by his side and to his many, many friends.