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Md. releases Potomac River incident report

September 19, 1998

The Maryland Natural Resources Police on Thursday released their incident tally for the period of April 1 to Sept. 15.

A total of 84 tickets and 125 warnings were issued for boat-related violations, authorities said. Tickets result in fines and other penalties whereas warnings are just warnings.

In Washington and Frederick counties: 20 were for speeding in wake areas, 16 for failing to have enough life preservers on board. Seven were for skiing violations - mostly failure to have an additional operator on board to monitor the skier, one litter violation and 14 for miscellaneous boating incidents, authorities said.

In addition, authorities said 22 tickets were written for fishing without a license, and four citations and 14 warnings were written for other fishing violations.

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Other incidents investigated included a fatality in which a passenger in a boat was swept over Dam No. 5. The operator of that boat was charged Sept. 10 with negligent operation of a personal water craft and operating a vessel within 200 yards of a dam, authorities said.

Maryland Natural Resources Police also investigated a boat arson above Dam No. 4 and searched for a person believed to have jumped off the Md. 17 bridge over the Potomac River near Brunswick on Feb. 27. That person was never found, authorities said.

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