July 14, 2009
Deschaine's last day
After spending eight hours out on the Chesapeake Bay aboard his boyfriend’s 44-foot boat, Desi Deschaine decided to take a walk, according to J’aime Huret, who owned the boat.
Huret said that Deschaine, whom he’s been dating for several months, went out onto the dock at Baltimore’s Lighthouse Point Marina about 10:30 p.m. Sunday.
“Next thing you know, he vanished,” Huret said.
Huret said there were about 10 people on the boat, My 401(k), at the time and nobody expressed concern.
He said Deschaine had many friends at the marina and he figured his boyfriend had simply crashed on one of the other boats.
“We had no alarm,” Huret said.
But the next morning, after Huret’s alarm clock went off at 6:30 a.m. without Deschaine reappearing, he got worried.
He said Deschaine is “very dedicated to his job” and would have wanted to get going to Washington in time to arrive on schedule.
So Huret made the rounds at the marina, looking for Deschaine.
“I searched and searched the marina,” Huret said, without success.
At that point, he said, he phoned the police.
Later Monday, a Baltimore police sonar unit located Deschaine’s body underwater, not far from the boat.
Huret said he was told that Deschaine was fully clothed and showed no signs of bruising or broken ropes. He said he’s not sure what happened to Deschaine, that he apparently just fell in the water and drowned.
Huret said that Deschaine’s parents and sister from Bristol came down. They are understandably upset, he said.
He said that a funeral is planned in Bristol, but details are not yet ironed out.
Huret said that his relationship with Deschaine brought them both “pure joy” and that he will never forget his friend’s “spirit, drive, passion and energy.”
Huret said that Deschaine’s passion after politics “was fun and sun on the water. I am truly blessed that I had the opportunity with our eight guests to enjoy an incredibly beautiful day on the Chesapeake Bay together” on their final day.
“What an extraordinary lasting memory,” Huret said.
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