REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - A man is dead after a boat capsized in the Rehoboth Bay Sunday afternoon.
According to DNREC's Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police (NRP), two men were on the bay around 3:45 p.m. Despite initial calls that the men were on a pontoon boat that flipped, NRP says upon investigation, the boat was determined to be a 16-foot v-bottom boat.
A spokesperson for Fish & Wildlife NRP tells WRDE that the men's boat capsized near the Rehoboth Beach Yacht & Country Club due to weather, water conditions and the wake of passing vessels. NRP says the operator was able to stay above water using lifejackets and flagged another boat for help, while holding onto his passenger. According to Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources police, that passenger had previous medical issues and went into distress upon entering the water.
The Rehoboth Beach Volunteer Fire Company says the men were taken to a marina in Angola by another boat. There, the male passenger was pronounced dead. The surviving man is in stable condition, according to NRP.
DNREC's Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police has recovered the boat and has it in its possession.