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Salvadorian man dies while swimming in Edgewater creek

Maryland Natural Resources Police found the body of a 26-year-old man from El Salvador in Almshouse Creek off the South River Saturday evening.

Eyewitnesses saw the swimmer go into the water and not come out shortly after 8:30, said Candy Thomson, a spokeswoman for the Natural Resources Police. He was not a strong swimmer, friends told police.

After a search, police posted on Twitter that the body had been recovered about 9:45 p.m.

The Anne Arundel Fire Department made the recovery and the Natural Resources Police used sonar to pinpoint his location, Thomson said.

The victim was indentified as Jorge Majano. The body will be taken Sunday to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore for an autopsy.

If his autopsy confirms it was a drowning, it will be Natural Resources Police's 17th death of the summer. There were 19 deaths in 2013, Thomson said.

"This summer is shaping up to be pretty deadly," she said.

While police have sent out repeated warnings and use a water safety outreach team to work in schools and at community events, incidents keep happening.

"It's hard to enforce common sense. The only thing you can do is hope these kinds of incidents give people pause," she said.

kpegher@capgaznews.com

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