Tragic Log Canoe Sailing Accident
Published on July 15th, 2018
(July 15, 2018) – Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) said they recovered the victim from the Corsica River who went missing after a boating accident on Friday, July 13. NRP confirm the body recovered was that of 35-year-old Stephanie Meredith from Easton, MD.
Police say the 32-foot log canoe was practicing for a race with 17 people on board, when it capsized on a sharp turn in the area of the Chester and Corsica Rivers. Its chase boat quickly rescued 16 people, but Meredith remained missing. Police believe she became trapped under the boat.
NRP, the Coast Guard, a Maryland State Police helicopter, and first responders from Kent and Queen Anne’s Counties all searched throughout the weekend, with the search focused on the Corsica River, near Conquest Beach. Meredith’s body was recovered this morning. She was not wearing a life jacket, according to police.
The boat Meredith was sailing on is the historic log canoe Mystery, built in Oxford, Maryland in 1932. Mystery, based in Chestertown, is one of Maryland’s National Register Properties, and is noted for her 70-foot foremast, believed to be the largest used in a canoe under 35 feet long.