Man, 22, slips on riverbank, drowns Loyola College student was to graduate tomorrow

May 15, 1998|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,SUN STAFF

A Loyola College student, scheduled to graduate tomorrow, drowned in 10 feet of water after he slipped along the banks of the Little Gunpowder River yesterday afternoon, Baltimore County police said.

Keith Shane Miceli, 22, of the 1900 block of Shanklin Road was pulled from the river by Baltimore County Fire Department paramedics, but attempts to revive him failed, said police spokesman Sgt. Kevin B. Novak.

A man who was sunbathing on the bank below the Little Loch Raven Dam saw Miceli walking a yellow Labrador retriever about 1: 30 p.m., police said.

"He slipped and fell in the water and was unable to save himself," Novak said.

The witness, whom police did not identify, tried to rescue Miceli before calling 911, according to police and fire officials.

A police helicopter used a thermal imaging device to locate Miceli's body, Novak said. It was not clear yesterday what led to the drowning, but officials speculated that recent rain could have made the banks slick and also could have made the current swifter than normal.

The news saddened those who knew Miceli at Loyola, where he was a mathematical sciences major. "He was an honors student," said Anne Young, chairwoman of the mathematical sciences department.

She said that Miceli coordinated the school's tutoring program for students having trouble with math. If someone was having a lot of difficulty, he would tutor them himself "so it would be done right," she said.

"He was an outdoors kind of person -- a terrific kid," she said.

Pub Date: 5/15/98

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