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Man swimming off pier apparent drowning victim

An autopsy was to be performed today on a man who apparently drowned yesterday afternoon while swimming off a pier at Fort Armistead Park in South Baltimore.

The man's name was withheld pending notification of his family.

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Chief Kevin Cartwright, a city Fire Department spokesman, said the victim and some male friends were fishing in the Patapsco River off the pier about 1 p.m. when the victim decided to go swimming.

Moments after entering the water and swimming for a short distance, the victim called for help, Cartwright said.

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Cartwright could not confirm a report that one of the man's companions entered the water to rescue the man but was unable to find him in the murky water.

After receiving a 911 call at 1:17 p.m., a Fire Department dive team, members of the department's Special Rescue Operations Team, a Coast Guard vessel, a city police boat and state Natural Resources Police officers arrived and began searching for the man.

At 4:30 p.m., Cartwright said, the man's body was found in shallow water and was taken to the medical examiner's office.


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