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Three drowned in Maryland waters, search underway for fourth

Three people have died in Maryland waters in as many days, and a U.S. Coast Guard search is underway for another who went missing Monday, authorities said.

The bodies of two boaters were found after their vessel encountered storms Sunday into Monday. After the body of Brigette Marchand, 42, of Annapolis, was found in the water off Brandon Shores on Monday, police initiated a search for her partner. Around 11:15 a.m. Tuesday near Fort Howard in Baltimore County, Natural Resources Police found the body of David Frandzen, 40, of Pasadena.

The two left Sunday between 10 a.m. and noon and were on the water when stormy weather hit, police said. The boat, still holding the pair's valuables, washed up on the rocks at Sparrows Point on Monday, police said.

On Tuesday morning, Natural Resource police recovered the body of an 18-year-old who drowned while swimming with his family on the Susquehanna Flats. Daniel Isaac Lugo of Quarryville, Pa., had been trying to grab the family's boat, which was drifting away from where they were wading on Sunday, when he began yelling for help and went under the water, Natural Resources Police spokeswoman Candy Thomson said. Lugo had just graduated from a high school in Lancaster County, Pa., where he was an honor student, Thomson said.

All three drowning victims will undergo autopsies by the state medical examiner's office.

Natural Resources Police have investigated 12 water-related fatalities already this year, compared to 19 in all of last year, Thomson said. At least a dozen more statewide have been handled by other agencies in 2014, she said.

A sailor who ignored warnings of bad weather had to be rescued by a ranger when his boat capsized Monday off Sandy Point State Park.

The Coast Guard was searching Tuesday in Cunninghill Cove near Middle River for James Jones, 40, who had been boating from Gunpowder River to Pooles Island and was expected to moor up Monday evening at Dundee Creek Marina, but did not do so, a friend said. Jones' boat was found anchored about two miles from Pooles Island with no one aboard.

The storm systems that moved across the region early this week tore down trees and power lines and prompted a tornado warnings Monday evening in Harford County and Tuesday afternoon in Anne Arundel County. A National Weather Service surveyor will visit Millersville Wednesday to evaluate the damage and determine whether it was caused by a tornado or heavy winds and thunderstorms.

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