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Dive team finds body after kayak overturned
By JEFF NEWMAN
A 30-year-old Charlotte Hall man drowned while fishing late Friday afternoon after his kayak overturned on Trinity Lake off Trinity Church Road in Allens Fresh, the Charles County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Raymond Hostetler Yoder, 30, had paddled out to the middle of the lake, which is nestled in an Amish community, after arriving there around 4 p.m. with his wife and young child, both of whom remained on the shoreline, sheriff’s spokeswoman Diane Richardson said.
Yoder’s wife eventually lost sight of him, but after hearing some commotion out on the water was able to make her way along the shoreline and through the surrounding woods until she caught sight of her husband’s overturned kayak, Richardson said.
Holding her child and unable to wade far into the water, Yoder’s wife took her horse and buggy to a nearby neighbor’s house to report what had happened. The neighbor went to a community phone and called police, Richardson said.
Cpl. Jason Hopkins, the first officer at the scene at 5:31 p.m., jumped into the lake to try and find Yoder, Richardson said.
“Nobody was aware at that point how much time had elapsed between the time [Yoder] was last seen and when 911 was contacted,” she added.
Authorities later determined that police were notified about half an hour after Yoder’s wife spotted his overturned kayak, Richardson said.
Fire and EMS members of the Mechanicsville, Hughesville and Newburg volunteer fire departments also responded to the scene. After it became clear that Yoder’s body was no longer on the water’s surface, the Charles County Dive and Rescue Team was called in.
Using sonar equipment, the dive team found Yoder’s body around 7:30 p.m., about two hours after they arrived on the scene, Richardson said.
A medical examiner has ruled Yoder’s death the result of an accidental drowning, Richardson said.