UPDATE: Ernie Sigmon has died in Dorchester County after 173 days of searching – Southern Maryland News Net
UPDATE 06/21/2022: On Monday, June 20, 2022, at 11:25 a.m., police, firefighters and rescue personnel responded to Cook Point in Dorchester County, MD for water rescue.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources received a call from an off-duty Oxford firefighter who was aboard his private vessel and advised that they had located a deceased male victim in the water near Cook Point, about 5 miles from Oxford station.
The firefighters responding to the nautical rescue mission were put on duty before their arrival.
Police from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources responded and retrieved Sigmon from the water.
Sigmon’s family has released the following update.
“After 173 days of this unimaginable tragedy, God brought Ernie home to us. Our hope, our faith and our strength have never been so tested. Every day we feel such a huge loss deep in our hearts. Ernie is more than a father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, friend, boss, mentor; he is the one who has helped so many of us be the best version of ourselves.
“Just when our hope and patience were dwindling, God answered our prayers to bring Ernie home. Our whole family is very grateful for your insights and insights that have helped us make great progress. We are grateful for your posts, in general, which helped us find the positives to move forward. Thank you all for your thoughts, prayers and supportive efforts to bring Ernie home. We will never be able to fully show our gratitude to each and every one of you who helped bring Ernie home. Thank you for your support.”
29/12/2021: On Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at approximately 7:07 p.m., fire and rescue personnel responded to the 40000 block of Waterview Drive in Mechanicsville, for the boater reported overdue.
The Department of Natural Resources has requested a water rescue mission for an overdue boat last heard of Wednesday, December 29, 2021 at 3:12 p.m.
Ernie Sigmon is a 44-year-old white male with brown hair, hazel eyes, and wears a black beanie, black heated jacket, jeans, and green boots.
He departed around 1:00 p.m., from the 40300 block of Waterview Drive on a gray and white 2020 Open Sportsman 25ft vessel in the Plum Point area of the Prince Frederick area.
Incident Command reported that Sigmon’s cell phone rang approximately one mile from Dares Beach, Calvert County was asked to begin a water rescue mission at approximately 7:35 p.m.
Calvert County Fire Department located the missing vessel around 8:12 p.m. and reported that no occupants were found on board. Sigmon’s cell phone was found aboard the ship.
Family members released the following information.
“This is my missing cousin Ernie Sigmon. Our family is looking for him around the Dares Beach area. Land and water. Please help spread the word if you have family or friends who fish and boat in this area.
If everyone could spare some time and help us find our cousin Ernie today, Friday, December 31, 2021, please report to the Community Center across from the Chesapeake Beach Rod and Reel. The command center is located there. It’s the missing boater. We need all the help we can get. Help us bring him home.
If you can’t waste time, please send prayers to get him home safely. God bless you all
I need your help. My brother disappeared from his boat yesterday around 4 p.m. in the Chesapeake Bay. Rescue teams found his boat trolling but he was not in it. No sign of blood. His phone was in the boat. Rescue teams from federal, state and local agencies have been out all morning. However, we need more help. The Coast Guard has established a search pattern from Plum Point to Pax River Naval Base. If you live or are in this area with shore access, please check the shoreline. This area includes Dares Beach, Governors Run, Calvert Beach Run, Flag Harbor, Calvert Cliffs, Cove Point, Driftwood Beach, Chesapeake Ranch, and Pax River NAS.
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