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Fatal Boating Accident Chesapeake City

Annapolis, Maryland (June 25, 2011) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred on June 24 at 8:25 pm at the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, Chesapeake City.

The preliminary investigation revealed that Robert Vernon Baron, 27 from Bear, Delaware fell into the water after jumping from a docking vessel onto a pier. Two people from the vessel jumped into the water and could not locate Baron.

Baronís body was recovered at 10:15 pm by the Susquehanna Hose Company Divers. Baronís body was transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for autopsy.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police Special Operations Division is continuing the investigation into the accident. Baron is Marylandís tenth boating fatality of the year.

   June 23, 2011

Contact: Sgt. A.A. Windemuth
410-260-8003 office | 410-713-8449 cell

The Maryland Natural Resources Police is the enforcement arm of the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). With an authorized strength of 247 officers and a dedicated staff of civilian and volunteer personnel, the NRP provide a variety of services in addition to conservation and boating law enforcement duties throughout the State of Maryland. These services include homeland security, search and rescue, emergency medical services, education, information and communications services on a round the clock basis. NRP is the only police force aside from the Maryland State Police that has statewide jurisdiction.

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