Sussex man charged with felony reckless endangering, disorderly conduct in boating incident

SUSSEX COUNTY – Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control Division of Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police officers arrested an Ocean View man May 11 on endangerment and other charges related to an incident in the Indian River Inlet where a vessel operator allegedly threw a filet knife that narrowly missed anglers and bystanders onshore.

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No injuries were reported in the release from DNREC Public Affairs spokeswoman Joanna Wilson.

Jeffrey T. Cumens was charged with second-degree felony reckless endangering and disorderly conduct.  Mr. Cumens was arraigned in Justice of the Peace Court 3 in Georgetown and released on $1,200 unsecured bond pending a preliminary hearing.

His bond also includes a no-contact order with another person involved in the incident and an order not to operate or be a passenger on-board a vessel in Delaware waters prior to his next hearing.

The DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife recognizes and thanks the majority of anglers, hunters and boaters who comply with and support Delaware’s fishing, hunting and boating laws and regulations. Citizens are encouraged to report fish and wildlife and boating violations to the Delaware Fish & Wildlife Enforcement Section by calling 302-739-4580.

Wildlife violations may also be reported anonymously to Operation Game Theft by calling 800-292-3030 or online at

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