Man drowns in Ocean City off of boat operated by Lansdowne resident

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police recovered the body of a man who had fallen from a 24-foot pontoon boat in the Assawoman Bay near 126th Street, Ocean City Saturday evening.

The body of Jordan Craig Hock, 23, was recovered Sunday at 9:50 a.m., according to a spokesman for Natural Resources Police Monday morning.

This is Maryland's 16th fatal boating accident victim of the year.

According to a release from Natural Resources Police, the boat was being operated by Robert Stanley Holmes, 53, of Lansdowne.

Hock was on the bow of the boat with his feet in the water while the vessel was underway at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, according to the police spokesman, when he fell.

Holmes and other passengers searched unsuccessfully for the victim.

Natural Resources Police, Maryland State Police aviation units and the Coast Guard continued the search until 11 p.m. Aug. 6.

Natural Resources Police returned to the site at day break Aug. 7 and utilized surface searches, dragging operations, scuba divers and side scan sonar.

Officers recovered the victim near the site of the incident.

Alcohol is suspected to have been a contributing factor in the fatal accident, according to the release.

The police department's Special Operations Division is investigating the incident.

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