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Salvage operation underway for 38-foot sportfishing vessel
in Indian River Inlet. Photo courtesy of Clark Droney/Boat U.S.
Contact: Cpl. John McDerby, Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police, 302-739-9913 or 302-354-1386, or Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902  

Fish & Wildlife Enforcement investigating
boat sinking in Indian River Inlet

DOVER (Nov. 12, 2014) – DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Natural Resources Police officers are investigating a boating accident which occurred Monday evening, Nov. 10 in the Indian River Inlet, in which a large sportfishing boat sank.

According to Cpl. John McDerby of Fish & Wildlife Enforcement, the 38-foot twin-engine diesel Topaz with two persons on board struck the Inlet’s north side jetty and sank between 6:45 and 7 p.m. The passenger was treated at Beebe Medical Center in Lewes for facial cuts and a broken nose. The vessel’s operator was not injured.

The vessel was pulled from the Inlet on Nov. 11 by a private salvage contractor. Fish & Wildlife Enforcement’s investigation into the accident is ongoing. 

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580. Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at

Vol. 44, No. 394
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