Coast Guardsman killed in car accident

PORTLAND, Maine – A Coast Guardsman was killed in a car accident around 1:55 a.m., Sunday in Westport Island, Maine.

Coast Guard Chief Boatswain’s Mate David L. Smith, the officer in charge of Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor, Maine, was traveling on Route 144 near the Westport Island Bridge, when his vehicle entered a curve, crossed into the north-bound lane, entered a ditch, and struck a tree.

Members of the Westport Island and Wiscasset Fire Department and a Wiscasset ambulance responded to the scene.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s office is conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

“The Coast Guard is grieving the loss of Chief Smith, who was a sea-going professional and had a profound impact of the crew of Station Boothbay Harbor and many others he encountered during his career,” said Commander Michael Ryan, the deputy commander of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “We are working diligently to be sure our personnel have the right support and resources to help them cope with this tragedy.”

Memorial services have not yet been scheduled.

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10 Comments

  1. albert quinones says:

    I was a friend of dave’s while serving on the cutter Eagle in New London CT. Although I worked in a different department, I worked along side the deck crew in which dave was in charge of. He treated me as though I was part of his team. He was very professional and knowledge able for his age, a definite assest to the entire Coast Guard, one the every station should have and take after. Although I haven’t been in contact with him for a while he will be missed.

  2. Susan Regan says:

    I have know David’s family in Baltimore for a very long time. They are deeply grieving the loss of their son, brother, nephew and grandson. Please respond compassionately to all who knew him. He will be sorely missed.

  3. Michelle Schopp says:

    Dave was a great friend, leader, mentor. He always told you what you didn’t want to hear, but you were glad he said it to you afterwards. The Coast Guard has lost a great Coastie. He will be very missed.

  4. BMC Jon Ostrowski says:

    Dave was a great friend and mentor to me during my Chief’s initiation in Long Beach last year. I will always remember his strong leadership and caring attitude towards all Coastie’s. The Coast Guard has lost a great leader and friend. You will be missed.

  5. MK2 ANDREW WHITE says:

    The loss of Chief Smith has deeply affected everyone here at Station Boothbay Harbor. Tomorrow 11 crew members will be flying down for the service. When I first saw Chief Smith (a few days before the change of command) I couldn’t believe how young he was. He was one of the best Chiefs I have ever worked under. Any member of the crew could talk to him about sports, hunting, fishing, or general support. He was a very friendly person that interacted with the whole crew on and off duty. He will be missed greatly by all the crew and never forgotten.

  6. FS2 Kyle Sobotka says:

    It has certainly been a huge blow to the folks here at Sta BBH. It’s been a very hard pill to swallow and even to some, including myself, reality still has a very hard time setting in. Chief Smith will be certainly be missed by each and every person he has ever had contact with simply because of the great guy that he was. He was by far the best Chief I have ever had in my short career and I will certain miss him. He was the kind of guy that you strive to be like and I can say atleast for me, he will continue to be a shinning example of how to be a Coastie. This one hurts….but I am honored to have know him even for a short time and will never forget him and how he led. Rest in piece chief…you are a great man and I’m proud to have served with you!

    FYI – there will be a memorial service on Wednesday, Nov 7 here in Boothbay Harbor for his “family” here in Maine. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Feel free to contact me or the station for details. Come out and honor the man we all knew and loved!

  7. Carl Schultz (BM3 separated) says:

    I knew Dave when he was starting out. We served alongside each other in Point Evans; we were roomates in Kaua’i. He came over from Kiska so he had more island time than me and it showed. I helped him through the boat work with our 26 footer and started him on OOD (u/w). I lost touch with him so I don’t know if he picked it up. From all your comments, sounds like he did. The one thing I remember best was I was due to rotate back to Seattle for Healy and Ihad already shipped my truck. Without a second thought he coached me through manual transmissions and gave the keys to his beater to me so I could finish errands, etc. I remeber he loved VW Bugs; he was always tinkering with one. Was he still in that fetish? Anyway, he was always a giver and my condolences to all who knew him. Thanks Boats.

  8. BM2 Emily Ives says:

    Chief Smith was my XPO at Station LA/LB for three years. He was a mentor, a friend and overall great person. The loss of Chief has devastated not only myself but every one who served under him here at LA/LB. We were sad to see him go when he left to go to Maine, but were so happy for him because he had accomplished his goal of becoming an OinC. I am sad he only got to be en OinC for a few months before he passed and I am sorry to the people of BBH who did not get to spend much time with him. The one thing I am very thankful for is all my fun memories with Chief and the time I got to spend with him. To know Chief was to adore him. Someday when I am a Chief I hope to be half the leader that he was. His memory will live on in the hearts of those he touched. Good by Cheif, we will miss you deeply.

  9. Jami L. Smart says:

    I was a lowly seaman on the USCG Cutter Eagle when BM1 Smith arrived(now Chief Smith), We called him Smitty :) at first as with every new leader, we didn’t pay much attention to him, but he was always smiling, happy, bouncing around with such a positive attitude that I couldn’t help but like him. He fit right in with the crew (which was actually tough to do) I quickly gained a lot of respect for him as did everyone else. He became not only a leader but a friend and a mentor. A good friend, he was a lot of fun, we had a lot of good laughs. Rest in peace Chief

  10. ALEX AMPARAN (BM3 SEPERATED) says:

    Although I only knew Chief for about one year I do have to say he was one of my favorite XPO’s I ever worked for in my 8 year career. I would hear him at times talk about being an OinC and how happy he looked when he talked about it. He was always happy to be A USCG member, he gave not 100% in what he did but he gave 110%in all he did. He was always a happy guy no matter what had happened my thoughts and prayers go out to his family as well as all the personnel at STA LA/LB who are touched by this tragedy.He will be greatly missed by everyone at Sta LA/LB R.I.P. Chief.