1 dead, 1 missing after boat hits Francis Scott Key Bridge near Dundalk, Md.

Pictured here is a 37-foot Sea Ray Sundancer involved in an accident where the boat struck a span of the Francis Scott Key Bridge with eight people aboard, July 24, 2015. A member of the Maryland Transit Authority notified Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders Sunday at approximately 3:30 a.m. reporting the allision. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Bursell)

The 37-foot Sea Ray Sundancer involved in an accident where the boat struck a span of the Francis Scott Key Bridge with eight people aboard, July 24, 2015.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Steven Bursell)

BALTIMORE — The Coast Guard and partner agencies are searching for a missing boater Sunday in the Patapsco River near Dundalk.

A member of the Maryland Transit Authority notified Coast Guard Sector Baltimore watchstanders Sunday at approximately 3:30 a.m. reporting a boat struck a section of the Francis Scott Key Bridge.

Eight boaters aboard a 37-foot Sea Ray Sundancer, registered to an owner in Baltimore, were involved in the accident. Four of the boaters were ejected, two of whom were rescued.

Two boaters were medically evacuated to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center, two were transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center and two were treated on scene.

A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Atlantic City, New Jersey, located the body of one of the missing boaters. Maryland Natural Resources Police recovered the body at approximately 8:30 a.m.

Assisting in the search were crews from:

  • Anne Arundel Sonar Dive Team
  • Baltimore County Fire
  • Baltimore County Police
  • Baltimore Police
  • Coast Guard Station Curtis Bay
  • Maryland Police
  • MTA Police

No damage to the bridge was reported. The names of the boaters involved are being withheld pending notification of next of kin. The incident is under investigation by MNRP.

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