Three fire departments and Natural Resources Police responded to the crash. Photo: Salisbury Fire Department/ Facebook

Two Killed When Boat Strikes Pier on Wicomico River

Two people were killed Saturday night on the Wicomico River when the powerboat they were riding on hit a private pier in Salisbury, Maryland.

Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) tell Bay Bulletin the 20-foot Bayliner had six people on board when it happened around 9 p.m. Saturday.

NRP says the boat’s operator swerved to try and avoid hitting a pier behind someone’s house in Safe Harbor Way, but struck the pier anyway, and three people were thrown from the boat. One victim was pulled from the water right away and survived.

The bodies of the other two were found later. So far, the victims’ names haven’t been released while police work to notify next of kin. NRP and rescue crews from the Salisbury Fire Department and other local companies responded to the scene.

NRP is investigating the crash, but the agency says weather doesn’t appear to be a factor.

-Meg Walburn Viviano