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Search Continues For A Missing Maryland Boater In The Choptank

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CAROLINE CO., Md. - Dive teams and rescue personnel are still actively searching for a missing boater in the Choptank River, but the chances he will be found alive aren't promising, especially with search crews no longer calling it a rescue effort, but a recovery effort.

 Sunday morning, folks were out on the water enjoying the Choptank River, admittedly unaware that an active search for a missing boater was underway.

Around 4:30pm, Saturday, near Two Johns Road, police say a 32 year-old man from Greensboro, Maryland hopped off a boat for a swim.

"He was about 30 yards from the boat he was swimming from when he went under the water and he did not resurface," says Sgt. Brian Albert of the Maryland Natural Resource Police.

Since the man went missing Saturday evening, divers have been sent out, the NRP is using sonar technology, and they are combing the Choptank River, in hopes of finding the victim.

Boaters familiar with this area of the Choptank say swimming can be risky since it can be very deep in the middle, and muddy near the shore.  No matter the conditions, DNR urges boaters to view incidents like this as a warning that accidents can happen anywhere, anytime.

Also on Saturday, a woman died in the Chesapeake Bay, near Turkey Point in Anne Arundel County.
    
Sgt. Albert stresses, "you cannot, you don't know how hard the tides are running or currents in rivers or tributaries.  So we recommend just wear your life jacket."

In the case of the boater missing in the Choptank, police are still withholding the victim's name since the family has not yet been notified.

Aside from this case, there have been 5 drownings in Maryland this year alone.  Officers with the department of natural resources say the search at the Choptank River will be active in some capacity, until the victim is found.

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