Frederick Md man drowns at Lake Anna, VA

Frederick Md man drowns at Lake Anna, VA

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Weeza

Auburn Hills, MI

#1 Sep 9, 2007
Authorities have recovered the body of a man who disappeared in water near Lake Anna Saturday morning.

Kendall Tanner Coates, 20, of Maryland disappeared into the water after diving in to help a child who had been knocked off an inner tube.

His body was found in Coleman Creek after more than 10 hours of searching. Crews who stopped searching as night fell Saturday resumed at 8 a.m. Sunday. The body was recovered about 11:30 a.m.

Lt. Roy McGhee of the Louisa County Sheriff’s Office said Coates and a driver in his 30s were on a boat Saturday, pulling two girls, ages 5 and 7, on an inner tube when the children were knocked into the water.

Coates, who was not wearing a life jacket, dove into the water to retrieve the girls, who were wearing life jackets.

The 5-year-old began to panic and fought Coates in the water, McGhee said. The driver, whose name was not released, pulled both girls aboard, but Coates disappeared.

McGhee could not confirm how those involved were related.

Jack Boyle, who lives along the creek, said he was outside when the incident occurred but did not see Coates jump into the water. Boyle got in his boat to help, but there was nothing he could do.

Following Coates’ disappearance, the driver revved the boat’s engine and cruised in circles. Coates’ family members ran outside their house on the water and began shouting.

“The young fellow [driving the boat] was just totally panicked,” Boyle said.“He just didn’t know what to do.”

Residents Russ and Betty Parris, members of the Lake Anna Rescue Squad, joined the search soon after the incident.

Russ Parris said he knew something was wrong when he noticed two young girls on a Jet Ski “acting strange” near the scene. He and his wife got on their boat just as rescue crews arrived.

Betty Parris said she talked to the boat’s driver Saturday and comforted him. He told her “this is the worst thing that could’ve happened.”

On Sunday morning, a somber tone fell over the creek as Coates’ family and friends watched as sonar boats, water cadaver dogs and divers combed the water. The Chaparral boat the men used Saturday floated at the dock.

“There are lots of agencies that are out here all supporting each other,” said Maj. Donald Lowe, of Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

Agencies that responded include rescue crews from Hanover, Louisa, Fredericksburg, Lake Monticello and Maryland.

The Parrises and Boyles monitored the creek on their boats in case other boats wandered onto the scene. They replayed Saturday’s events and said holidays are usually when accidents occur.

“You know, this is the quietest weekend on this creek,” Sarah Boyle said.
MeanMomma

Auburn Hills, MI

#2 Sep 9, 2007
I just have to ask-what were 2 little girls doing out on a tube in the lake? A 5 and 7 yr old? WTF? Being pulled by a Chaparral boat no less. And of course the adults weren't wearing life jackets-go figure!
Damn shame!
LOVE AND MISS YOU

Arlington, VA

#3 Sep 11, 2007
THATS MY FAMILY and by the way it was two little boys and they had there life vest on. They were out having a good time its not like they were being careless on the boat. One day I know that they will say kendall was there hero. None the less he was doing what he thought and believed was the right thing to do at the time. In my eyes he is a HERO.
Family Friend

United States

#4 Sep 11, 2007
Kendall is a hero! As adults we lose sight of the safety of a lifevest sometimes. We watch out for our young ones, but forget about ourselves. To criticize this young man's actions is an insult to everyone and I hope your children are never in a situation such as this one. You should be ashamed for publishing such a remark in a time of tragedy. And to use the language that you did..... shame on you. Love to the entire Coates family. I am proud to know you!
Close Friend

Washington, DC

#5 Sep 11, 2007
MeanMomma wrote:
I just have to ask-what were 2 little girls doing out on a tube in the lake? A 5 and 7 yr old? WTF? Being pulled by a Chaparral boat no less. And of course the adults weren't wearing life jackets-go figure!
Damn shame!
- I am not sure where you get off stating this horrible remark! He was and still is a HERO. He didn't do anything on purpose, he did things because he knew that he was doing the right thing. He was saving a life, of a child who thought they were in trouble. He didn't have time to get his life vest on, he was more worried about the child then himself. Kenndall you are in all of our hearts, minds, tears, prayers, and know that you are so loved. As people lose family members, we are all strong for one another, and are there for one another; but when a person who has no clue what an amazing person he is, the one who is gone is, they make stupid comments that they truly don't know a thing about, nor thought about what they were saying. So I don't wish anyone ill will, because that is not that type of person I am or that God would want me to be, but because Kendall wouldn't want us to be that way. Life as we all knew it is now different without him in our lives, but he is with us now in our mind, heart, soul, and body. Kendall we love you and you did EXACTLY what you thought needed to be done. So thank you!
Sad Mom

Westminster, MD

#6 Sep 11, 2007
MeanMomma wrote:
I just have to ask-what were 2 little girls doing out on a tube in the lake? A 5 and 7 yr old? WTF? Being pulled by a Chaparral boat no less. And of course the adults weren't wearing life jackets-go figure!
Damn shame!
I don't understand how any momma, mean or not, could be so heartless... And to not have enough nerve to be from anywhere except the United States? Did you stop to think of the sadness and loss this family is facing? I agree with Close Friend - I wish you no ill will, but no matter what you believe in - Karma, God, or luck - remember Mean Momma - what goes around comes around. Personally - love to this family and my thanks to a hero!
Cousin B

Hagerstown, MD

#7 Sep 11, 2007
All...don't let a comment like the one from "mean momma" get you angry or upset. Unfortunately, sometimes people make a snap judgment about things in which they have no business judging. Leave it to the age of internet. For everyone who knows and loves Kendall, keep him close to you and talk to him up there ok? He jumped in for those boys because that's who he is...a thoughtful caring man and he would have done it for anyone, life jacket/swimmer or not... We love you Kendall and you will ALWAYS be with us, no matter what.
MeanMomma

Auburn Hills, MI

#8 Sep 12, 2007
I'm sorry if I offended y'all BUT-really what were 2 small children doing on the Lake on a tube by themselves while "adults" pulled them around w/a boat?
Yes Mr Coates is a hero-no doubt-but this "accident" never should have happened.
What horrible remark did I make? I never said Mr Coates was ignorant or mean or thoughtless-I just questioned what he and the other adult on the boat were thinking.
And most importantly, what were the family of the children on shore watching thinking?
I just don't get it. Truly sad!
Close Friend

Washington, DC

#9 Sep 12, 2007
MeanMomma wrote:
I'm sorry if I offended y'all BUT-really what were 2 small children doing on the Lake on a tube by themselves while "adults" pulled them around w/a boat?
Yes Mr Coates is a hero-no doubt-but this "accident" never should have happened.
What horrible remark did I make? I never said Mr Coates was ignorant or mean or thoughtless-I just questioned what he and the other adult on the boat were thinking. And most importantly, what were the family of the children on shore watching thinking?
I just don't get it. Truly sad!
.- MeanMomma your names says it all, You are MEAN. You aren't sorry for the words that you wrote of my dear friend. I considered Kendall a brother, and he was the kids friend, cousin, uncle, and now their hero. Anytime the family was around, so was Kendall, and the children loved him, and looked up to him, and Kendall did what any NORMAL person would do, but SAVE A CHILD WHO HE THOUGHT WAS IN TROUBLE. Now you say what MEAN remark did you say, let me refresh your memory (WTF?) that was heartless. You don't have a heart, nor do you have any idea of the type of family you are speaking of. The parents were right there, at the waters edge, one was swimming in the water to help as well. So stop with your remarks and let the family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and caring public morn the loss of our true hero, Kendall. Like Cousin B said, what comes around goes around, and if you have a child what them.
Cousin who was there

Pikesville, MD

#10 Sep 12, 2007
Please, I ask of everyone who views this post. Let MeanMomma be to her own thoughts, issues, and problems. She has no idea at all of what happened and for the sake of my brothers who were there trying to help Kendall please leave her to sit in her own filth. I am sorry but I am sure she has encountered some hurt to make her this bitter. But before its all over and done I am going to get my two cents in.

I was there when this ACCIDENT happened. By the way, What accident to you know of that SHOULD have happened? I would love to know if you ever encountered an accident that should have happened. That is why they are called accidents. Kendall has a heart of GOLD unlike you who has a heart COAL. He jumped to save those children without a moments thought. And might I ask, what gives you the authority to criticize anything or anyone. Who died and made you GOD? When God was passing out traits he must have over looked you when it was time for him to pass out SYMPATHY!

To everyone just know "The battle is not yours it the LORD'S!
Cousin who was there

Pikesville, MD

#11 Sep 12, 2007
BY THE WAY I LIVE IN POOLESVILLE MD.
Banana

United States

#12 Sep 12, 2007
It is a damn shame that there are ignorant people in this world like MeanMomma who have no heart or compassion for this family in there time of need. I was there when the tradegy took place and for anyone to pass judgement on what should have or what shouldn't have happen is extremely sad. Kendall did what he would have done any other time when we have went out on the boat and the kids went tubing. Kendall loved all of those kids like they were his own and those children look up to and loved him like a big brother. So for anyone to say something negative about what Kendall did should burn in hell. I know Kendall will be our gaurdian angel and will guide all of our children in the right direction. We love you Kendall and we are truly going to miss you!!! Keep the gates open for us, we will be together again soon.
Cousin who was there

Pikesville, MD

#13 Sep 12, 2007
You better tell HER Banana!
MeanMomma

Auburn Hills, MI

#14 Sep 12, 2007
Stick n stones....
Yes Mr Coates is a hero-The definition of hero remains subjective. What is extraordinary can be debated. Courage is in the eye of the beholder. Greatness of soul is elusive...so on and so on. Bottom line-he's dead because the parents allowed SMALL children to do something dangerous.
End of story.
Amazed

Westminster, MD

#15 Sep 12, 2007
Having read the comments posted over the past few days, I feel compelled to comment... Most importantly, to the family and friends of Kendall Coates, my sympathies and prayers for your horrific loss. I am sure you are all very proud of his heroics. Not subjective - fact. Anyone who puts their life on the line for others is a hero. I commend his upbringing, he was obviously taught love, compassion, and right from wrong. To Mean Momma - sticks and stones? Courage in the eye of the beholder? Can anyone really believe what Kendall did was not couragous? I don't blame anyone for their comments to you and am sure they realized you wouldn't even have a second thought or sadness or hurt feelings over their comments. He's dead because of a tragic accident. The parents of those young boys had probably allowed them to do the same thing many times before - safely and happily. Accidents happen. Was tubing on a lake dangerous? That is subjective.... Were the children's parents negligent - I think NOT!!! But enough - I don't want to waste anymore time on you MeanMomma. And again, to the entire Coates family, immediate and extended, my sympathies and condolences for your terrible loss. I am sure your Kendall is in Heaven.
Missing you

Frederick, MD

#16 Sep 12, 2007
You are a true hero!
Blessed

Washington, DC

#17 Sep 13, 2007
I am blessed and proud to known Kendall Coates as a little boy and is family for many, many years. I am sadden by there loss.
To the Coates Family: Kendall is Home now and Safe in the arms of GOD. Stay Blessed
But I have to get my two cents in. It will be short.
MeanMomma, this is for you GO TO HELL and BURN. You are a peace of work. But always remember What goes around comes around. Life is too short for your kind of Hate. GOD can See and Hear you!! You will be judge not by me or anyone here on earth. But your judgement day will come!!!
MeanMomma

Auburn Hills, MI

#18 Sep 13, 2007
Kendal Coates

Kendal Tanner Coates, 20, of Frederick, drowned Sept. 8 at Lake Anna near Louisa, Va., while trying to rescue two children who had accidentally fallen from a rafting tube.

Mr. Coates, who was named for his grandfather, Kendal "KD" Gross of Shady Side, was born June 1, 1987, in Rockville, the son of Monique Coates and Carroll "Bo" Coates of Frederick and formerly of Annapolis. He graduated from Urbana High School and worked for Stupps Heavy Equipment, both in Frederick.

Mr. Coates loved children, enjoyed riding his motorcycle and listening to music by recording artist BeBe Winans.

In addition to his parents and grandfather, he is survived by one brother, Brandon Coates of Frederick; three foster sisters, Nicole Brown of North Carolina, Nicole Gilmore of Rockville and Sandra Garcia of Frederick; his grandmother, Carrie Ballard of Annapolis; his grandfather, William O. Murray Sr. of Annapolis and Severna Park; and his grandmother, Rosalee Gross of Shady Side.

Visitation is from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Ijamsville, with services at 11 a.m. Burial will be private. Arrangements are by Snowden Funeral Home in Rockville.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kendal Coates Foundation in care of the church, 4103 Prices Distillery Road, Ijamsville, MD 21754.
jack

Frederick, MD

#19 Sep 13, 2007
you had to know what kind of person kendall was
I was fortunate to have known him personally
He gave me a ride home when my car broke down
he could make you laugh at what ever he said
you are not forgotten my brother
Jack K Frederick
truth

Silver Spring, MD

#20 Sep 15, 2007
meanmamma. Your ignorance is almost shocking. The children were on vacation and were being safe.They had on life vests and other adults were around, no one was left unsupervised. You are acting as if these children were left alone on the lake. Kendall was saving a life. He was concerned about anothers saftey. That to me and everyone else is a HERO. He was doing what he thought was best. You should make sure you think about what you say meanmamma before you speak, because your words are offence and wrong.

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