Drowning victim identified as Edgewater man, 57

Anne Arundel County police have identified a drowning victim in Whitemarsh Creek as Judson Brandt Bell, of Edgewater.

According to police and fire department officials, officers from the Southern District and fire department paramedics responded to a report of a drowning at the rear of a waterfront home in 3900 block of Whitemarsh Lane about 2:10 p.m. Sunday and saw witnesses pulling Bell, of that block, from the water. The creek flows off the Rhode River.

According to police, the victim was unconscious and unresponsive when he was taken out of the creek. Medical crews administered CPR and took Bell to the Anne Arundel Medical Center, where he later died.

According to police, an investigation revealed that a piece of trash had blown into the creek and Bell swam out to get it. He was returning to shore when he disappeared under the water, police said. Investigators said witnesses swam out to find the victim and were bringing him out of the water when police officers and paramedics arrived. According to fire department Division Chief Michael Cox, the man had been in cardiac arrest.

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