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August 3, 2012
Water Rescue Priority 1 - Marine Collision
Buoy 12 - Massey's Ditch (entrance via water)

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Friday August, 3 2012 @ 18:49:16

Nature: Water Rescue Priority 1

Location: Buoy 12 – Massey’s Ditch / Rehoboth Bay area

Address: 38 37'44.67"n & 075 06'04

On Friday afternoon August 3, 2012, the Indian River (80), Dagsboro (73) and Millsboro (83) volunteer fire companies were alerted for a water rescue incident in the vicinity of buoy 12. It was reported to have a marine incident involving a jet ski and regular vessel incident. The Delaware State Police Aviation Unit (Trooper #2) as well as the Sussex County Paramedics, the DNREC Marine Police and the United States Coast Guard – Indian River Inlet Division were alerted.

Emergency response units included Indian River’s Marine Unit 80 Marine 1; Utility 80; and Rescue 80 from the Oak Orchard facility, 80 Marine 2; Brush 80-0; and Engine #80-5 from the Long Neck facility as well as the Delaware State Fire Police. Indian River’s units were to prepare for launching at Massey’s Landing with specific assignments to transport emergency medical personnel to the incident location, mitigate, and assist with patient care as needed.

Indian River’s Incident Command was coordinated by First Assistant Chief Ryan Mock who provided a scene synopsis which included a vessel collision of some type and that transportation of paramedics to the incident was required. It was identified as being near the buoy 12 at the entrance to Massey’s Ditch.

Vessel 80 Marine 2 was utilized as a rapid response unit to coordinate immediate assistance and information transfer pending arrival of other emergency response vessels. DNREC and United States Coast Guard (USCG) were the next units to arrive and assisted with scene preservation, patient preservation, vessel preservation, etc. Vessel 80 Marine 1 transported four (4) EMS personnel and its crew to the incident location.

All previously arriving vessels coordinated patient assessment, vessel stabilization, and coordinated efforts pending arrival of the transport vessel.

80 Marine 2 was provided directions for landing near the incident which included accessing the sandbar and nudging up to the vessel hosting the patient. To transfer EMS personnel to other vessel in order to provide patient care as well as a backboard and related equipment. Upon completion of this assignment, prepare for boarding with patient by dropping the front landing gate on the sandbar and allowing for the patient transfer.

After packaging the patient for transport, transfer from one vessel to another was completed; and then vessel transportation back to Massey’s Landing commenced.

80 Marine 1 landed at the boat ramp and activated the landing gate to transfer patient from vessel to stretcher for loading into the local emergency service’s ambulance.

Indian River provided other assistance to DNREC – Marine Police with transfer of other transported mariners from the incident to shore.

The local emergency medical service provider transported one person to nearby medical facilities for additional evaluation and observations.

The other responding marine units were returned to quarters.

The Delaware State Fire Police provided traffic and vessel control at the public boat ramp facility.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control – Marine Police are investigating the incident.

Additional information may be obtained via the following website:

(1) WGMD Radio 92.7

http://www.wgmd.com/?p=65422

Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Investigates Two Weekend Jet Ski Accidents 

The Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife Enforcement agents are investigating two separate jet ski accidents over the weekend.

Agents arrested 56-year-old Keith Purdy of Lewes on August 3; he’s charged with 1st degree felony assault with a vessel, five counts of 2nd degree reckless endangering, operating under the influence and several other offenses.

The charges were in connection with a boating accident on Rehoboth Bay near Massey’s Landing in which a jet ski struck a person standing on a sandbar.

Purdy is free on $7,000 bail.

Meanwhile, on August 4, agents cited 33-year-old Micheal Martin of Dover for negligent operation of a vessel and several other offenses in connection with a boating accident near Gull Point in the Indian River in which two jet skis collided. 

http://www.irvfc.com/gallery.cfm?id=1124&ss=1 

(2) News-Journal – www.delawareonline.com

http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20120808/NEWS01/308080040/Jet-Ski-crashes-result-charges?odyssey=tab%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CLocal&nclick_check=1

Jet Ski crashes result in charges

Personal watercraft involved in incidents in Rehoboth Bay, Indian River

A Lewes man is facing a felony assault charge after the Jet Ski he was riding plowed into a man who was standing on a sandbar taking photos of his family in Rehoboth Bay north of Masseys Ditch on Friday, state officials said.

It was the first of two Jet Ski accidents over the weekend to which state Division of Fish and Wildlife enforcement agents responded. The second, on Saturday, involved a collision of two Jet Skis near Gull Point on Indian River.

In the first incident, Keith T. Purdy, 56, of Lewes, was charged with felony assault with a vessel, five counts of second-degree reckless endangering, operating a vessel in a reckless manner while under the influence, inattentive operation of a vessel, failing to maintain a proper lookout, negligent operation of a vessel, operating a vessel at a high speed while under the influence, excessive speed within 300 feet of a swimmer, reckless operation of a vessel and personal watercraft operated over headway speed, said spokesman Sgt. Gregory Rhodes.

Purdy was released on $7,000 unsecured bail pending a court hearing.

According to court records, the victim was on a sandbar north of Masseys Ditch with his family and friends, and was taking pictures about 10 feet from his boat when he was struck by Purdy’s Jet Ski and pinned between the Jet Ski and his boat.

Five children, ranging in age from 2 to 12 years, and their parents stood just 10 feet from the crash, police said in court records.

The Indian River incident Saturday led to Micheal A. Martin, 33, of Dover, being cited for negligent operation of a vessel, failure to maintain a proper lookout, no boating education certificate and vessel excessive speed violation.

The charges were in connection with a collision of two Jet Skis that resulted in serious physical injuries to the other operator, enforcement officials said.

As the victim of that collision was being transported to Beebe Hospital Saturday, the ambulance in which he was riding was involved in a crash on Coastal Highway at the Lewes-Georgetown Highway near Lewes, state police said.

According to police, the Mid-Sussex Ambulance crew, traveling east on Lewes-Georgetown Highway, entered the intersection with Coastal Highway with emergency lights and sirens operating at 4:37 p.m.. The driver of a 2000 Chevrolet Prism, Evan P. Hutton, 20, of Millsboro, ran into the front passenger side of the ambulance, Master Cpl. Gary Fournier said.

Ambulance driver Christian Jackson-Puglisi, 36, of Middletown, was taken to Beebe Hospital in another ambulance with injuries described as non-life-threatening.

The patient was also transferred to another ambulance and taken to the hospital.

A 21-year-old emergency medical technician also suffered minor injuries. Three paramedics on board were uninjured, and continued to treat the other patients.

Hutton, who was not wearing a seat belt, had to be removed from the wreckage by rescue workers. He also was taken to Beebe Hospital for treatment.

(3) Cape Gazette - www.capegazette.com

 

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/lewes-man-keith-t-purdy-pleads-guilty-to-jet-ski-charges/935372

Lewes man, Keith T. Purdy, pleads guilty to jet-ski charges

By Melissa Steele | Dec 10, 2012

A Lewes man was fined and given probation Dec. 5 to charges in connection with a jet-ski accident last summer in which another man was injured.

Keith T. Purdy, 57, pleaded guilty in Sussex Superior Court to two counts of second-degree assault by a vessel, operation of a vessel under the influence, two counts of second-degree reckless endangering and reckless operation of a vessel, said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office.

According to police, Purdy was operating his jet-ski near Massey's Landing when he struck and injured a man near a sandbar. There was no further information on the injured man.

Purdy was sentenced to six months confinement, which was suspended in favor of one year supervised probation. He also was fined $575.

  

 

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/lewes-man-keith-t-purdy-pleads-guilty-to-jet-ski-charges/935372

Lewes man, Keith T. Purdy, pleads guilty to jet-ski charges

By Melissa Steele | Dec 10, 2012

A Lewes man was fined and given probation Dec. 5 to charges in connection with a jet-ski accident last summer in which another man was injured.

Keith T. Purdy, 57, pleaded guilty in Sussex Superior Court to two counts of second-degree assault by a vessel, operation of a vessel under the influence, two counts of second-degree reckless endangering and reckless operation of a vessel, said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office.

According to police, Purdy was operating his jet-ski near Massey's Landing when he struck and injured a man near a sandbar. There was no further information on the injured man.

Purdy was sentenced to six months confinement, which was suspended in favor of one year supervised probation. He also was fined $575.

  

 

tp://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/lewes-man-keith-t-purdy-pleads-guilty-to-jet-ski-charges/935372

Lewes man, Keith T. Purdy, pleads guilty to jet-ski charges

By Melissa Steele | Dec 10, 2012

A Lewes man was fined and given probation Dec. 5 to charges in connection with a jet-ski accident last summer in which another man was injured.

Keith T. Purdy, 57, pleaded guilty in Sussex Superior Court to two counts of second-degree assault by a vessel, operation of a vessel under the influence, two counts of second-degree reckless endangering and reckless operation of a vessel, said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office.

According to police, Purdy was operating his jet-ski near Massey's Landing when he struck and injured a man near a sandbar. There was no further information on the injured man.

Purdy was sentenced to six months confinement, which was suspended in favor of one year supervised probation. He also was fined $575.

  

http://capegazette.villagesoup.com/p/lewes-man-keith-t-purdy-pleads-guilty-to-jet-ski-charges/935372

Lewes man, Keith T. Purdy, pleads guilty to jet-ski charges

By Melissa Steele | Dec 10, 2012

A Lewes man was fined and given probation Dec. 5 to charges in connection with a jet-ski accident last summer in which another man was injured.

Keith T. Purdy, 57, pleaded guilty in Sussex Superior Court to two counts of second-degree assault by a vessel, operation of a vessel under the influence, two counts of second-degree reckless endangering and reckless operation of a vessel, said Sgt. Gregory Rhodes of the Delaware Boating Safety Office.

According to police, Purdy was operating his jet-ski near Massey's Landing when he struck and injured a man near a sandbar. There was no further information on the injured man.

Purdy was sentenced to six months confinement, which was suspended in favor of one year supervised probation. He also was fined $575.

  

 


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