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Police identify two men who died in Port Covington Sunday

By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun

4:39 PM EST, December 27, 2013

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Baltimore police identified two men who had been on a docked research ship before their bodies were found in the Patapsco River early Sunday.

Edwin Rivera, 35, and Henry A. Vega, 29, died after authorities said the pair went swimming early Sunday. The men and a 24-year-old woman landed in the water after being aboard the Cape Washington, a research ship docked in South Baltimore, sometime before 6 a.m. Sunday.

Rescuers found the woman clinging to a pier near the ship. She was treated at a hospital and released.

A Coast Guard spokesman has indicated that the trio had jumped into the water from the vessel to go swimming. The Coast Guard estimated that the water temperature was about 42 degrees when the three dove in.

The Baltimore Police marine unit, the Baltimore City Fire Department, the Coast Guard, the Maryland Natural Resources Police, a Maryland State Police helicopter team and a dive team from Anne Arundel County all assisted in the rescue effort.

The Cape Washington is a 700-foot freighter that the federal government has loaned to the University of Maryland's Maritime Environmental Resource Center, which uses it to test systems for treating ballast water. It is currently docked in the 300 block of E. Cromwell St. in Port Covington.

Police have not indicated how the three ended up on the boat.

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