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April 10, 2005


Midshipman found dead outside Naval Academy dorm

A male midshipman at the Naval Academy was found dead shortly before 1 p.m. yesterday outside Bancroft Hall dormitory, academy officials said.

Academy spokesman Cmdr. Rod Gibbons said the death appeared to have been caused by a fall.

Gibbons declined to give further details, saying Naval Criminal Investigative Services officials are looking into the death.

The Naval Academy's superintendent, Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt, said in a statement: "This is a terrible tragedy for the Brigade of Midshipmen and our Naval Academy family. Our heartfelt condolences and prayers go out to the family."

In April 2002, 20-year-old midshipman John P. Ruggiero was killed in a fall from his fourth-floor Bancroft Hall window after a night of drinking with friends.

Military investigations determined the death was accidental, and that Ruggiero probably slipped and fell from the window while preparing for bed. Since Ruggiero's death, the academy has installed screens on the windows of the dormitory.


Man is killed in accident aboard vessel at Canton pier

A man was killed in an industrial accident aboard what officials described as a large vessel at a pier in Canton yesterday, a spokesman for the Baltimore Fire Department said.

The Fire Department received a call at 6:15 p.m. for a rescue of a man caught under a large piece of cargo. The accident apparently happened aboard the ship Bosfor, said Chief Kevin Cartwright. The man, who was not identified immediately, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cartwright said he did not know whether the ship already was docked at the pier or whether the ship pulled into port after the accident. He also did not have details on what caused the accident.

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