On Sunday a man drowned in the Nanticoke River after he swam out to help some kayakers who were having some problems.

Officials say that the man got caught up in the water near the Cedar Hill Marina in Bivalve, Maryland.

WBOC reports that firefighters and diving units from a number of departments around Wicomico County came to the scene to help.

The television station reports that so far the man’s identity has not been revealed.

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OCEAN CITY, Md. (AP) - Delaware officials say off-duty Ocean City Beach Patrol members rescued an unresponsive Virginia man who was later pronounced dead.

News outlets report 35-year-old Timothy Thompson, from Prince George, Virginia, was located after witnesses reported seeing a submerged swimmer Monday. Thompson was taken to Atlantic General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Members of the Ocean City Beach Patrol cleared the ocean of swimmers and went off-duty at 5:30 p.m.


BERLIN, Md. (AP) - The National Park Service says a Pennsylvania man has drowned off the Maryland coast of Assateague Island National Seashore.

Park Service spokeswoman Liz Davis tells local media that 45-year-old Charles Poole of Trappe, Pennsylvania, was swimming with his teenage son at an unguarded part of the beach on Tuesday afternoon.

Davis says surfers found Poole unresponsive in the water and brought him ashore. Lifeguards performed CPR, but Davis says Poole was pronounced dead at a hospital in Berlin, Maryland. His son was not injured.

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Officials have identified 20 year old Maurice Wright of Norfolk as an apparent drowning victim who was last seen on Sunday afternoon near the northern end of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that he was wading from the beach to a pontoon when he disappeared under the surface of the water.

He was not wearing a life jacket.

The paper reports that the U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search last night.


ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Police have recovered the body of a man who disappeared after his sailboat sank in the Chesapeake Bay.

Maryland Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson says a charter boat came across the body of 46-year-old Adrian Perez on Wednesday morning.

Perez was from Upper Marlboro. He was fishing with his son, another man and that man's three children on Sunday when his boat sank near the Bay Bridge. Police say the people on board didn't have time to put on life jackets. A nearby boater pulled the other five people from the water.

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NEWARK, Del. (AP) - Delaware State Police are investigating after a boy was found unresponsive in a pool at a home in Newark.

Troopers say about 8:35 a.m. Wednesday, a neighbor saw a 1-year-old boy lying in about 18 inches of water in the cover of an in-ground pool. Police say the neighbor notified the 16- and 13-year-old who were caring for the child, and called 911.

New Castle County Paramedics who went to the home say the child did not have a pulse and was not breathing when they arrived.

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DEWEY BEACH, Del. (AP) - Police say a 50-year-old California man has died at Dewey Beach in a drowning or diving death.

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Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis says a 4 year old boy drowned last night in Delmar.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that deputies arrived on the scene and got the boy to the Peninsula Regional Medical Center to be with his family.

WBOC also reports that officials say the death appears to be accidental.

The death is still under investigation.           

SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police say they've interviewed two people who chased a man who jumped into the Wicomico River and drowned, but they're trying to identify a third.

Police say three people chased 24-year-old Lamar Sheppard of Salisbury after an apparent drug transaction Sunday night. Police say surveillance video shows Sheppard run toward the boat ramp and go into the water himself before his three pursuers arrive, though he couldn't swim.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Salisbury Police are investigating the drowning of a man in the Wicomico River.

It happened about 9:30 p.m. Sunday on Riverside Drive. Officers say 24-year-old Lamar Byron Sheppard of Salisbury went into the water and was unable to swim.

Authorities say someone pulled Sheppard from the water and tried CPR. Police say Sheppard was taken to Peninsula Regional Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Salisbury Police and other law enforcement agencies are investigating the incident.

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REHOBOTH, Del. (AP) - Beach patrol officials in Delaware and Maryland are warning late-summer beachgoers of dangerous rip currents.

While Hurricane Cristobal is expected to stay well off the East Coast, it has been generating life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

The National Weather Service said there would be a high risk of dangerous rip currents along Delaware beaches Wednesday.

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An 18-year old swimmer has drowned in Ocean City yesterday after he got caught in a rip current and was pulled under by a wave.

Witnesses say the victim appeared to be having difficulty getting back to shore and at one point was overtaken by a wave and failed to resurface.

First responders immediate arrived at the area near the Inlet after 6 p.m. and found the victim 13 minutes after the initial call.

WBOC reports that victim was treated on the scene by EMS personnel and then taken to Atlantic General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP) - Authorities say drowning has been ruled the cause of death of a 25-year-old Salisbury man found dead in the east branch of the Wicomico River in Salisbury City Park.

Police said Wednesday that it could be weeks before the state medical examiner's office gets toxicology results on Rodney Stevenson Jr.

Stevenson's body was found Monday morning near a spillway close to a foot bridge in the park. He had left his home about 12 blocks away on foot less than an hour earlier.

Pool Safety Week

Jul 30, 2013

While many take to their pools to seek relief from the heat of the summer state officials reminding swimmer that there were over a dozen drowning deaths in Maryland last year.

Maryland News Connection reporter Allison Burns has the story.

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SHARPTOWN, Md. (AP) - Authorities in Wicomico County say a Hurlock man drowned while swimming with friends at Cherry Beach along the Nanticoke River.

The Wicomico Bureau of Investigation identified the man Thursday as 44-year-old George Douglas.

County officials say Douglas was swimming with friends late Wednesday, when they noticed the experienced swimmer wasn't with them. Emergency crews were called in and officials say a dive team found him unresponsive about 40 minutes later. He was pronounced dead at Peninsula Regional Medical Center a short time later.

FEDERALSBURG, MD (AP) – Authorities say three boys – two 12 year-old cousins and an 8-year-old friend – have drowned in a shallow creek on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Caroline County officials say the bodies of the children were pull from Marshyhope Creek in Federalsburg Sunday morning. They were last seen late Saturday afternoon playing basketball in a church parking lot and were reported missing early Sunday.