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Posted at 4:38 PM ET, 08/ 9/2010

Maryland man drowns in St. Mary's County

By Washington Post editors

The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) is investigating the death of a 52-year-old Maryland man who died while on a weekend fishing trip with a friend.

Tyrone Pettiford of Chaptico, Md., died in the early morning hours of Monday, authorities said.

Pettiford disappeared in the dark near Mill Point after fishing with a friend on Sunday. After he and his friend ran their boat aground approximately 50 yards from shore, Pettiford attempted to swim to shore. His friend saw him disappear under the water not far from the boat and called 911. The U.S. Coast Guard and the Charles County dive team assisted the NRP with the search and recovery of Pettiford’s body.

No foul play is suspected, but the cause of the accident is under investigation by the NRP. Pettiford’s body will be sent to the medical examiner’s office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

By Washington Post editors  | August 9, 2010; 4:38 PM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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At first, couldn't imagine anyone having a comment with so little facts here. But I do large was this fishing boat?

I have a sailboat with a fin keel that will run aground in 5 feet of water...and yeah, some swimming would be required to get to a point to reach bottom and walk the rest of the way.

But fishing boats don't have a deep keel. In fact, on the Bay...only the really huge super-big power boats need more than a few feet before they run aground.

So, why would one have to swim in water only a few feet deep...if in fact it was a typical power boat less than say....50 feet long?

OK, maybe being near a 'point' there were circumstances such as a fast tide that made wading directly to shore really difficult. Maybe there were dips or deep drops between where they were aground that surprised this guy.

Too many things we don't know yet. But my bet is he probably had a heart attack trying to wade through a fast tide or cross current of some sort.

Posted by: postgettingworse | August 10, 2010 2:33 AM | Report abuse

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