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Pasadena Man Presumed Dead After Boating Accident

Annapolis,Md. (July 4, 2011) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating a fatal boating accident that occurred on July 4 at 4:30 p.m. on the Magothy River near Dobbins Island.

NRP responded to the area for a report of a man who went missing after falling from a boat. A preliminary investigation by NRP revealed that James Robert Kane, 25, of Pasadena, Md., and a friend were thrown from a 17-foot Carolina Skiff after the vessel suddenly turned sharply. The friend was picked up by another vessel and Kane could not be located.

NRP, an Anne Arundel County Fire Boat, and the Coast Guard searched the area until sunset. NRP’s Underwater Operation Unit used divers and side scan sonar to search for the victim. Aviation units from the Maryland State Police and the Coast Guard searched the area by air. The search for Kane’s body will resume tomorrow.

The Maryland Natural Resources Police Special Operations Division is investigating the 13th fatal boating accident of the year.

   July 4, 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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