Man drowns carrying TV from pier
A Bowie man who had been watching football on a television he and friends had placed on a pier in Edgewater, Md., drowned after he fell into the water while trying to return the television to his friend's boat early Monday morning.
Anne Arundel County police said they responded to the Pier 7 Marina on South River Road at about 12:25 a.m. after witnesses reported a possible drowning.
Jeffrey Fitzgerald, 47, was apparently taking the television from the pier to a friend's boat after the end of a football game when he fell into the water, police said.
Police said they did not know how long the group had been watching football on the pier, but the accident appears to have happened shortly after the Sunday night NFL game between the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts, which ended at about 11:30 p.m. The Washington Redskins game ended several hours earlier.
It was unclear what size television the group was watching, and it was unclear if alcohol was involved. Police said they had no further information about what led to the drowning.
According to a Pier 7 Marina employee, there are roughly 100 boats docked there at a given time, most with monthly or annual contracts. It would be unusual for someone to place a television on the pier at the marina, which is located on the South River a few miles southwest of Annapolis.
Police said an extensive search included help from the Anne Arundel County Police Aviation Unit, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, the Coast Guard and the Department of Natural Resources Police. Fire department officials eventually located Fitzgerald's body submerged in the water near the area of the pier where he was last seen alive.
"Preliminarily, there was no evidence of foul play or trauma to the victim and the incident appears to be an accident," police said in a news release.
-- Josh White
| September 20, 2010; 11:07 AM ET
Categories: Anne Arundel, Emergencies & Rescues, Josh White
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