Police divers recover body of missing boater in reservoir

July 11, 2004|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The body of Robert Gene Harris Sr., 47, one of the three men who drowned Thursday night when their motorboat capsized in Prettyboy Reservoir, was found yesterday afternoon, Department of Natural Resources Police said.

With the aid of sonar, DNR and Baltimore County police divers found Harris' body in 15 feet to 20 feet of water, the DNR said. It was then taken to the state medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

Divers had earlier recovered the bodies of Walter William Gover, 41, and Allan Wayne Harris, 54, both of Freeland, Baltimore County. Robert Harris lived in Orrtanna, Pa.

Investigators are trying to determine whether alcohol was a factor in the accident. Alcohol is prohibited at the reservoir, but the four men in the aluminum boat had a cooler of beer. They did not have life vests. After clinging to the cooler as it floated on the water, Robert Harris swam away to rescue another boater, according to Bobby Harris, his son, who was the lone survivor.

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