Maryland woman dies after canoe capsizes

BETHEL — A woman drowned Wednesday evening after the canoe she and her family had rented overturned in the Androscoggin River.

Xiaolian Ding, age 75, of Silver Spring, Maryland drowned after becoming trapped under the canoe at about 5:30 p.m., according to a written statement from Mark Latti, spokesman for the Maine Warden Service.

Ding, her husband Nimin Wang, age 82 , and her daughter, Qiong Wang, age 49, all of Silver Spring, had rented the canoe and had just started their trip downriver when the canoe they were paddling became stuck on a rock, according to Latti.

Nimin Wang was paddling in the stern of the canoe with Qiong Wang paddling in the bow with Xiaolian sitting in the middle when the canoe became wedged on a rock. Nimin and Qiong tried to push the canoe off the rock, and as they did the canoe overturned, with Nimin and Qiong thrown from the canoe and Xiaolian trapped underneath as it floated downriver.

The accident happened in a stretch of the river off North and Hemlock Ridge roads.

According to Latti, the father and daughter were able to get the canoe and Xiaolian to shore as a witness on the opposite shore called 911. Xiaolian was unresponsive once on shore, and efforts by Nimin and Quiong to revive Xiaolian were unsuccessful, as were later efforts by Bethel Rescue emergency personnel.

The Maine Warden Service, Bethel Ambulance and Rescue Services, Bethel Fire Department and the Oxford Sheriff’s office all responded and assisted with the drowning.

The Southern Maryland Chronicle is a local, small business entrusted to provide factual, unbiased reporting to the Southern Maryland Community. While we look to local businesses for advertising, we hope to keep that cost as low as possible in order to attract even the smallest of local businesses and help them get out to the public. We must also be able to pay employees(part-time and full-time), along with equipment, and website related things. We never want to make the Chronicle a “pay-wall” style news site.

To that end, we are looking to the community to offer donations. Whether it’s a one-time donation or you set up a reoccurring monthly donation. It is all appreciated. All donations at this time will be going to furthering the Chronicle through hiring individuals that have the same goals of providing fair, and unbiased news to the community. For now, donations will be going to a business PayPal account I have set-up for the Southern Maryland Chronicle, KDC Designs. All business transactions currently occur within this PayPal account. If you have any questions regarding this you can email me at davidhiggins@southernmarylandchronicle.com

Thank you for all of your support and I hope to continue bringing Southern Maryland the best news possible for a very long time. — David M. Higgins II