Busy weekend for marine police


The Maryland Natural Resources Police published the response blotter from this last weekend. Here's a sampling:

• Cecil County - On Aug. 8 at approximately 10 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police responded to Elk River for a report of a boat accident. A 30-foot Bayliner cruiser struck buoy No. 19 near the mouth of the C&D canal. The operator was identified as Scott Bramble Craig, 39, from Earlville, Md. Mr. Craig was charged with operating a vessel while intoxicated and operating a vessel while impaired by alcohol.

• Garrett County - On Aug. 4 at approximately 4 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) investigated a boating accident that occurred on Deep Creek Lake, Garrett County. Nanejat Rahbaran, 69, of Baltimore, was attempting to back a pontoon boat out of a slip. Rahbaran put the boat throttle into forward instead of reverse and slammed into a ski boat, which was moored at a slip. The ski boat damage was estimated at $10,000. Rahbaran was charged with negligent boat operation.

• Frederick County - On Aug. 1 at approximately 5:45 p.m., the Maryland Natural Resources Police charged Michael Joseph McNiff, 21, of Fairfax, Va., with operating a vessel while intoxicated. McNiff was operating a kayak on the Potomac River near the Point of Rocks boat ramp. McNiff was reported by a citizen to be unconscious on the kayak and floating down the river. An NRP officer observed McNiff paddling down the Potomac River in the area of Point of Rocks and observed him overturn his kayak.  McNiff was observed swimming to the boat ramp. The NRP officer contacted Mr. McNiff and found him having trouble standing and unsure of his location. McNiff failed a field sobriety test and was transported to the MSP Barrack for a breathalyzer test. McNiff was charged and then released.