Severn man, 18, dies after being pulled from creek


A Severn man died after being pulled from Stoney Creek yesterday afternoon by Anne Arundel County firefighters.

Joshua Thomas Holman, 18, of the 8100 block of Beverly Road, was pronounced dead at Harbor Hospital shortly after arriving there about 4 p.m., said county police Capt. Tim Bowman.

Holman was part of a group of six or eight swimming off Orchard Beach in northern Anne Arundel County, said fire Capt. Michael Cox, a department spokesman.

Holman had been swimming for about five minutes when he told the rest of the group that he was having problems staying afloat. Another swimmer went to his aid but lost hold of him, and he slipped underwater about 20 yards from the shore of the community beach, in water at least 8 feet deep.

"It's unclear whether he suffered some sort of medical emergency or just couldn't swim," Cox said.

A fire department dive team retrieved Holman shortly after 3:30 p.m. He was not breathing when he was pulled from the water, Cox said.

A father and son also dove into the water to help.

Police do not believe Holman was drinking or taking drugs.

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.