Magothy Sailor Hospitalized After Capsizing

A 19-year-old man is recovering from a head injury, after he was thrown from a trimaran that capsized on the Magothy River.

It happened between Dobbins and Gibson islands Wednesday evening.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says the 23-foot Corsair 750 trimaran pitchpoled, throwing all three sailors from the boat.

The three men told NRP they were trying to avoid another boat and the wind shifted at the same time, causing the boat to pitchpole. 

Pitchpoling is one of the most dramatic ways for a boat to capsize. It happened on international television just weeks ago, when the America's Cup boat, Emirates Team New Zealand, did a somersault, its stern pitching over its bow.

In the case of the Magothy River triamaran, one of the boat's passengers, 19-year-old Zach Thompson, was brought to shore by good Samaritans, and taken to Shock Trauma with a head injury. He was conscious and speaking with medics, according to NRP.

The boat's operator, 62-year-old Jon Anthony, and another passenger, 64-year-old Dennis Mekie, were not injured.

Bay Bulletin