Update: Reiter's Body Recovered, Funds Set Up

SOLOMONS - 10/17/2008

The following update was submitted by Marcelo Parodi, crew chief and friend of Pat Reiter:

Friday, Oct. 17: We Have Pat Back
After searching all day, the Patuxent River finally gave us Pat back. 

Tim Kiser, the fisherman that aided in rescuing the victims on Sunday, found Pat Reiter at around 7:30 p.m., about 400 yards from the original accident.  A second boat consisting of , Mike Murray, Ann and Jimmy Raider and myself  joined Tim shortly there after.  Daren and Jimmy were the third boat there.  

This puts closure to the recovery of Pat Reiter for all of us.  

All of us want to thank the U.S. Coast Guard, State Police, the Department of Natural Resources,  Calvert County  and A.A. County advance search and rescue teams, Solomons Island Fire and Rescue teams, 

Thanks to all that supported by providing food, drinks and other accommodations. 

Our thoughts and prayers are with Deb, Dustin and Cody.

Friends of Pat and Bobby B. have set up a funds to help the Bobby and Pat's family through this difficult time.

The funds will be administered by three trustees, Ed "Smitty" Smith - President OPA, Andy Livermore - President CBPBA, and Jim Voege - Treasurer CBPBA. All funds will be directly passed through to Bobby and Pat's family to help them through this trying time.

Many people have expressed a desire to help so this is a great way to do it. We are accepting credit cards through http://www.paypal.com . Go to the link and click on "Send Money" then follow the instructions to send money to paypal@cbpba.com . In the comments section please put "Bobby and Pat Fund" . If you would like to send a check please make it out to CBPBA and in the memo section put "Bobby and Pat Fund".

Send it to:
PO Box 1722
Pasadena, MD 21123

Thanks for your support in advance.

At approximately 7:30 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 17, the body of missing boater Patrick G. Reiter, 39 of Mechanicsville was found up river from Solomons Island just north of the Point Patience No. 8 marker.

More information to follow as it becomes available.

The following update was submitted to The Bay Net by Marcelo Parodi, crew chief and friend of Pat Reiter:

During a test run of the "Hot Licks Boat" in the Patuxent River near Solomons Island Maryland, at approximately 4:45 p.m., on Sunday October 12th , 2008 an accident occurred.

Pat Reiter was driving, Bobby B on throttles, Passengers, Josh Reithmeyer and Kenneth N. Weisskopf 

The boat was traveling up river from Solomons Island and going around Point Patience, #8 red marker, the boat suddenly hooked and went into a barrel roll. This information comes from Josh Reithmeyer and the fisherman that aided in rescuing victims afloat. Cause of the accident is yet unknown. The boat was taken by DNR for investigation.

Josh Reithmeyer was released from the hospital the same evening. Kenneth has a laceration to his leg and is still in the hospital. Bobby B has a lacerated kidney, broken ribs and concussion. Bobby is still in the hospital as well.

The rescue and search started immediately including the Coast Guard, Helicopters, DNR, State Police and went on into the night on Sunday the 12th.

The search picked back up early in the morning of Monday the 13th. A lot of friends with their own vessels, DNR, Coast Guard, Dive and rescue teams, and local search and rescue teams, searched the shore lines, and the river where the accident occurred. The search was called off at around 7:pm. This search will resume on Tuesday the 14th.

As of 7:00pm on Monday, Pat has not been found.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Deb, Dustin, Cody.

Marcelo Parodi (Crew Chief and friend)

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The search continues for missing boater Patrick G. Reiter, 39 of Mechanicsville. Reiter was ejected from a 38-foot Formula Fastech boat after it capsized into the Patuxent River, just north of the Thomas Johnson Bridge in Solomons Sunday evening.

The Maryland Natural Resource Police were notified of an overturned vessel at 4:54 p.m., in the vicinity of Point Patience.

Four passengers were aboard the boat as it was leaving the Solomon's area, travelling north at a high rate of speed, causing the boat to capsize, ejecting all four passengers into the river.

A few anglers and nearby boaters who witnessed the accident, were able to rescue three of the four passengers and pull them to safety.

"I saw the boat cruising up the river, when it made a sharp turn, got into the wake of the water, hit a swell and came to a complete stop. It looked as if the stern was cracked in half," Ronnie Clarke said. Clarke witnessed the accident from his home directly across the water from Point Patience.

Robert T. Baumgarten, 30 of Lexington Park, owner of the boat, was flown to PG Shock Trauma for his injuries. Kenneth N. Weisskopf, 37 of Mechanicsville and Joshua E. Reithmeyer, 25 also from Mechanicsville were transported to Calvert Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Patrick, G. Reiter remains missing.

The U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, and Station Oxford, continued searches throughout the night and into the morning. Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., conducted a first light search.

At this time, the Coast Guard has suspended its search ,but will continue to assist the several local volunteer fire and rescue companies along with the Calvert and Charles County Dive Teams.

The Maryland Natural Resource Police are the lead agency in this investigation.

More information to follow as it becomes available...


The Coast Guard is searching for a missing man in the Patuxent River after a boating accident Sunday.

Four people were ejected from a 38-foot cigarette boat after reportedly striking a sand bar in the vicinity of Point Patient. It was also reported that a wave may have tossed the group from the boat.

Ron Healy, a good samaritan that was in the area at the time, recovered three of the people from the water and transferred them to awaiting emergency services.

Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes, Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, N.J., the Natural Resource Police, Calvert County divers and Prince Fredrick County Fire and Rescue are currently searching for the remaining man.

Persons recovered were taken to Prince George Shock Trauma and Calvert County Memorial Hospital.

A search in underway after a motor boat capsized in the Patuxent River near Solomons Sunday evening.

Four people were believed to be on board the vessel. Three people were located at the time of the accident, one person has been flown out for their injuries and a search is underway for a fourth passenger.

Maryland State Police, Solomons Fire and Rescue, St. Leonard Fire Rescue, Calvert County Dive Team and the DNR are all on the scene.

More information to follow as this story develops.