Man missing after slipping into Rock Creek from boat


Police and rescue workers searched by boat and helicopter in vain yesterday for an unidentified man who reportedly slipped into the water in Rock Creek after joining acquaintances on a boat.

Police said late yesterday that investigators still had not determined whether a man seen jumping from a boat about 3 a.m. yesterday had drowned in the Anne Arundel County waterway near Riviera Beach.

Joyce M. Williams, spokeswoman for the Maryland Natural Resources Police, said officers were still attempting to piece together the puzzle of the missing man.

She said police were told that four people on the boat were joined by the man, whose name they did not know, and that somehow he ended up in the water near the Maryland Yacht Club. At least two people on the boat said they went into the water to attempt a rescue.

The helicopter search was begun after the police agency was alerted about 3:45 a.m. Patrol boats joined in the search at daybreak, Ms. Williams said.

Natural Resources Cpl. Wayne Jones said the search was hampered by choppy water created by strong northwesterly winds and by a lack of details from the witnesses, who were not sure of the precise location of the incident.


* Lake Shore: A portable generator valued at $1,000 was taken from a storage building that belongs to the county Department of Recreation and Parks in Bodkin Park between Oct. 3 and Thursday.

* Deerfield: Golf clubs, tools and other property valued at $2,100 was taken from a home in the 600 block of Deering Road between 6 p.m. Tuesday and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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