Two Jet Skiers Killed on South River

Bay Bulletin has learned that two people died in a jet ski accident early Wednesday morning on the South River.

The report came just before 2:30 a.m. north of the Route 2 South River Bridge in Edgewater, according to the Anne Arundel County fire department.

Witnesses called 911 reporting a man and woman went out from a home on Edgewater Drive after 1:30 a.m., and the witnesses heard the sound of a collision just 15 minutes later.

Maryland Natural Resources Police, the Annapolis Fire Department, the Coast Guard, and the Maryland State Police Aviation Command all responded to the scene.

The responders found a partially-submerged jet ski and damage to a navigational aid in the South River. The bodies of a man and woman were pulled from the water around 5:15 a.m.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Russ Davies says the two were not wearing life jackets.

“We are very concerned going into the four day weekend. We urge people to use their flotation devices,” Davies tells Bay Bulletin.

These two victims are the fifth and sixth boating disappearances or deaths on the Bay since Saturday, all of them in Anne Arundel County. A boat marine tech died test-driving a vessel in Curtis Bay, a kayaker and Secret Service special agent drowned on the Severn, and two crabbers’ bodies were recovered on the Patapsco.

Police will release more information about the jet ski accident at a press briefing later this morning, and our Cheryl Costello will bring you those details.