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Francis Ford Coppola

Maryland's deadly summer

Maryland's deadly summer

Last Sunday evening, a cabin cruiser headed down the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal started experiencing engine problems and the boat's owner decided to head to the town of North East for repairs. Unfortunately, shortly thereafter, one of the passengers fell overboard into the North East River while climbing down from the flying bridge at around 8:30 p.m.

A search was conducted, a helicopter and police vessels eventually summoned and the river dragged but the body of 33-year-old James Livermore of Millersville, Pa. was not recovered until Tuesday morning. He was the 18th person to die in Maryland waters as a result of a boating accident.

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