Divers recover body of drowning victim at Loch Raven Reservoir

Divers have recovered the body of a drowning victim at Loch Raven Reservoir, Baltimore County Police said Tuesday.

The body was found at 6:21 p.m. Monday by police divers and the identity has not been determined, police said.

A man went missing Monday morning in the waters of Loch Raven Reservoir, and authorities believe he drowned. Baltimore County officials said someone called 911 to report the missing swimmer just after 11 a.m., in a northern section of the reservoir near Pot Spring Road.

Rescue teams from a Baltimore County Fire Department station in Texas and the Kingsville Volunteer Fire Co. responded, county fire spokeswoman Elise Armacost said. She did not immediately know what time the first units arrived. A dive team from Gamber & Community Fire Company in Carroll County assisted in searching for the man's body, fire officials said.

By midafternoon Monday, crews had not found the man and officials “are assuming this is now a drowning,” Armacost said.

A news release from DPW said temperatures in the deep waters drop quickly and diving into them could lead to hypothermia. In addition there are very rapid drop-offs, currents, hidden rocks and branches. “No Swimming” warning signs are posted at each of the three reservoirs.

County fire officials then turned the search over to Baltimore City Police Department's Marine Unit at about 2:20 p.m., according to the county.

Baltimore City Department of Public Works Director Rudolph S. Chow issued a reminder Tuesday that swimming is not permitted in the city’s three raw-water reservoirs located in Baltimore and Carroll counties: Loch Raven, Prettyboy and Liberty.

Those caught swimming in the reservoirs — man-made lakes that provide the area with drinking water — can be charged with trespassing and, if convicted, will have a criminal record. Violators can also be fined up to $1,000 and jailed. All three reservoirs are patrolled, on land and water, by DPW’s Environmental Police — full-time police officers with full authority to arrest violators. Other local law enforcement agencies also patrol these areas.

To reach our reservoir police officers in an emergency, dial 911.

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