UPDATE (4:35 p.m. Thursday)—Seven people were injured, including five children, Wednesday night in a boat accident on the Magothy River in Pasadena, according to the Maryland Natural Resource Police (NRP).
An investigation is ongoing into the incident that happened about 7 p.m. Wednesday near Gibson Island.
NRP said in a press release that two boats collided: A 27-foot Baja was driven by state Delegate Donald Dwyer of Pasadena and had one passenger onboard, John Edward Moran IV; Mark Harbin was driving a 20-foot Bayliner, occupied by one other adult and five children.
Dwyer’s boat sunk and a salvage company has recovered it and the Bayliner made it to shore under its own power, according to NRP. The boats are reportedly stored at a secure facility while NRP is still investigating the cause of the accident.
NRP confirmed that seven victims were transported to three area hospitals.
Lt. Keith Hamilton of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department told Patch on Wednesday night that two boats were involved, and witnesses confirmed that the injured people included adults and children.
Hamilton said the patients included 12-year-old and 7-year-old boys, both sent to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. Medics also transported a 5-year-old girl and 10-year-old girl to Johns Hopkins, he said.
A 54-year-old man and 40-year-old man were sent to the Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, and a 51-year-old man was sent to Baltimore Washington Medical Center in Glen Burnie. Hamilton said all of the injuries were considered serious.
Several witnesses said they saw two boats collide, and one broke in half.
"I saw them pull people out of the water," said Laura Killmeyer, who lives nearby. "I saw a few kids and some adults."
Lexi Abrams, 15, said she saw medics carry away one patient after pulling her from the water. Shelby Wheeler, 14, said she also saw a young girl being rescued.
Dwyer is reportedly holding a press conference on Thursday.
Patch will provide updates as new information becomes available.