- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
U.S. Coast Guard crews and other first responders resumed their search Thursday of the Potomac River for a kayaker who disappeared the day before, the federal authorities report, after he and a friend paddled out from Tall Timbers toward Virginia.
Jeryll Dickerson, 23, became fatigued when he and the man in the other kayak were halfway across the river Wednesday and heading toward Cole’s Point on the Virginia shoreline, USCG Petty Officer Jonathan Lindberg said. The other kayaker left to try to locate a boat that would tow Dickerson to shore, and when he returned, Dickerson was gone.
Dickerson’s friend contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard station in St. Inigoes about 12:30 p.m., resulting in a response by boat from that location, a Coast Guard helicopter crew in New Jersey, a Maryland State Police helicopter crew, Maryland Natural Resources Police and fire and rescue boat crews from 2nd District, Ridge, 7th District, Solomons and Westmoreland, Va. Lindberg said a Westmoreland crew found a kayak about a mile offshore from where the pair had left Tall Timbers Marina.
The search continued until nightfall Wednesday, Lindberg said, and it resumed at first light Thursday.