P.G. man, 20, presumed drowned in South River Search will resume today for the victim

September 03, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

An Upper Marlboro man who jumped into the South River to swim Monday, then complained of difficulty breathing, is missing and presumed drowned, police said.

Natural Resources Police searched without success Monday evening and again yesterday for Charles M. Davis, 20, of the 3300 block of Melwood Road, who had been on a water-skiing trip with friends in the river near Crab Creek.

This would be the third drowning that Natural Resources Police have handled in Anne Arundel County this year. Last year, they handled none, according to their statistics.

Richard McIntire, spokesman for the Department of Natural Resources, said Davis and five friends and relatives were in a 17-foot Bayliner with five friends and relatives when he decided to take a swim about 6: 45 p.m. Two others in his party were in the water at the time, police said -- one swimming back to the boat after water skiing and another swimming away to retrieve the towline.

Davis was 200 yards off-shore in about 14 feet of water when he began to complain that he was having trouble breathing, police said.

Police said those who on the boat threw Davis two life preservers, but he was unable to grasp them. Two companions swam after him, but could not get to him.

The Coast Guard, Natural Resources Police and Anne Arundel County EMS/Fire/Rescue divers searched the area for about two hours but were unable to find Davis. They resumed their search with helicopters and dogs at 7 a.m. yesterday but suspended it late in the day. The search will resume today, McIntire said.

He said Davis was not wearing a life vest. Natural Resources Police recommend that anyone swimming in natural waterways wear a life vest and swim with someone.

Alcohol was not a factor in the incident, the spokesman said.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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