Reporting Mary Bubala
SANDY POINT, Md. (WJZ)—A head-on collision on the water. Police release the 911 calls from the boating accident involving state Del. Don Dwyer. The Maryland lawmaker admits to drinking before the crash.
Mary Bubala has the story.
A witness called 911 seconds after seeing the two boats collide head-on in the Magothy River last Wednesday.
State Del. Dwyer was at the controls of a speed boat.
Witness: “I saw it happen.”
911 Operator: “How many people did you see go into the water?”
Witness: “I saw people flying into the water. I don’t know. They may be OK. They may not. I’m not sure.”
Witness: “There was one boat flying, that seemed like full throttle and the other was towing some kids.”
The 911 operator stayed on the line with the caller, as he boarded a boat to help rescue injured children and adults.
Witness: “This man has face all bloody. . . .Little boy is cut real bad too.”
Child: “My arm.”
Witness: “We’ve got one other, child has a broken arm.”
In all, four children and two adults were seriously injured, including Del. Dwyer, who admitted he was drinking.
“It is true that I was drinking while operating my boat yesterday. It’s also been reported that my blood alcohol content was .2,” Dwyer said the day after last Wednesday’s crash.
Web Extra: 911 Tapes Of Boat Accident Involving Del. Don Dwyer
Police are recreating the accident and talking to witnesses–many who responded heroically that day.
911 Operator:”You did a great job sir. I appreciate all your help. OK? Thanks for getting those people off that boat.”
Natural Resources Police tell WJZ Dwyer could potentially face charges of operating a boat while intoxicated and negligent boating.
Police say the investigation could take several weeks.