Body of man recovered in Elk River

DNR police indicate victim could be from tug sinking

March 30, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A body recovered by the Maryland Natural Resources Police and the Cecilton Volunteer Fire Department about 5 p.m. yesterday could be one of two missing victims of a tugboat accident Feb. 25 on the Elk River, DNR police said.

The body of a man was discovered by people riding a boat on the Elk River.

The body was floating about a half-mile from the shore in the shipping channel, said Heather Lynch, a spokeswoman for Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

Lynch said officials think the body could be that of one of two remaining victims of the accident, but the identity has not been confirmed.

She said the body had been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for identification, which could come as early as Monday.

Two members of the crew of the tugboat, the Swift, are listed as missing: Capt. William Bryant of Virginia Beach, Va., and his nephew, deckhand Justin Bryant of Supply, N.C. The tugboat sank the morning of Feb. 25 when its accompanying convoy of tugs and barges collided with a 520-foot freighter, the A.V. Kastner, in thick fog near Town Point peninsula, south of Chesapeake City.

Bodies of two other crew members were recovered. Five crew members were rescued.

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