Smith Point Sea Rescue, Inc.
P.O. Box 662
Burgess VA 22432
Mission Statement Sea rescue and assistance to the general boating public on the lower Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay from the Potomac to Rappahannock Rivers.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Russ Bertino
Board Chair Gary Sprifke
Board Chair Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 662
Burgess, VA 22432
Telephone 804 453-4600
Fax 804 453-0000
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Financial Summary
Revenue vs Expense Bar Graph - All Years
Expense Breakdown Bar Chart - All Years
Projected Revenue $129,900.00
Projected Expenses $92,900.00
Additional Documents
Mission Sea rescue and assistance to the general boating public on the lower Potomac River and the Chesapeake Bay from the Potomac to Rappahannock Rivers.
Impact Assisted over 60 vessels in distress over the past year.
Funding to relocate antenna and repeater.
As required by the FCC, our radio system recently went narrow band. Prior to the narrowbanding, we had difficulty communicating with our members who operate Rescue III on the Potomac. Our ability to communicate with these members as well as with Rescue III has further deteriorated. Relocating the antenna and repeater will stress our resources.

History of Smith Point Sea Rescue

Smith Point Sea Rescue had its origin in the heart and mind of Dr. Robert E. Beatley and his wife Vera. The desire to form this squad followed the successful rescue of a father and two young children. This threesome had spent a chilly November night hanging onto the bow of a sunken boat in the bay near Reedville. In the fall of 1973, Dr. Beatley's dream came true. Smith Point Sea Rescue was born.

Smith Point Sea Rescue, Inc. was officially organized in 1974 as a volunteer sea rescue service. Its 30 members comprise the last remaining sea rescue unit on the Chesapeake Bay.

Members share duties year around, 24 hours a day to maintain equipment, conduct training, and respond to search and rescue missions. Smith Point Sea Rescue covers the middle Chesapeake Bay between the Potomac River and the Rappahannock River. All members are volunteers.

During its 30 years, Smith Point Sea Rescue has gone from rather humble beginnings, where members volunteered their boats as well as themselves, to its current formidable and prestigious unit. Today it has three boats to operate rescue services.

Presently serving Smith Point Sea Rescue is a 42-foot Provencial (Rescue I) 23-foot Southwestern (Rescue II) and a 27-foot Blackfin (Rescue III).
Rescue I and Rescue II are kept on Cockrell's Creek off the Great Wicomico River. Rescue III is kept on Lodge Creek off of the Yeocomico River.

Smith Point Sea Rescue receives no monetary support from any state or governmental agency. Funds are derived from donations and fund raising events such as the Reedville Fishing Derby. Smith Point Sea Rescue has a tax-exempt status [501(c)3] from the Internal Revenue Service.

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Northern Neck
Chesapeake Bay from Rappahannock River to Potomac River and up the Potomac to Ragged Point including all tributaries.
Board Chair
Board Chair Gary Sprifke
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board of Directors
Board Members
Russ Bertino Community Volunteer
James Bullard Community Volunteer
Ray Dabney Retired
Leigh Doptis Retired
Andy Kauders Community Volunteer
Gary Sprifke Retired
Don Stone Community Volunteer
Buddy Sylvia Community Volunteer
Bill Turville Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 90
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Russ Bertino
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 49
Contractors 0
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan?
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $129,900.00
Projected Expenses $92,900.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$37,487$43,709$48,154
Administration Expense$0$3,508$4,871
Fundraising Expense$7,065$2,913$4,945
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses3.321.651.55
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%87%83%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue5%4%6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$462,557$349,979$317,385
Current Assets$141,712$118,598$86,610
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0--
Current Liabilities$0$0--
Total Net Assets$462,557$349,979$317,385
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Foundation Comments
  • Form 990 prepared by Dobson & Evans, CPA, LLC
  • Financial statements prepared internally by the organization
  • Financial information provided by Form 990