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DNREC Rescue a 65-Year-Old Lewes Woman in the Rehoboth Bay

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MILLSBORO, Del. - DNREC Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers rescued a 65-year-old Lewes woman from the Rehoboth Bay after she was ejected from her fishing skiff.

On Thursday, July 27, officers were on patrol near Massey’s Landing when they spotted the unoccupied vessel traveling in circles.

Officers then saw the victim in the water and moved their patrol boat to shield her as her unmanned boat drew closer.

According to Lt. John McDerby, the woman was pulled from the water by and not injured in the incident, while her boat was towed back to shore. 

Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police remind boaters of the importance of always wearing their ignition safety switch lanyard, also known as the “kill switch.” When worn and deployed, the kill switch lanyard shuts off the vessel’s engine in the event of an emergency.

Lt. McDerby said that it is highly recommended that all boaters attach the ignition safety switch lanyard to their wrist, or life jacket before heading out on the water.

This safety mechanism, along with always wearing a lifejacket, can help save lives on the water, he said.

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