Churchton Man’s Body Recovered from Bay This Morning, Fire Confirms

The Capital newspaper in Annapolis has reported that the body of a missing Churchton man was recovered in the water this morning. He was reported missing Monday afternoon. He is identified as Thomas Brown, 20.

MSP Trooper 6 assisted in the search and recovery effort.

MSP Trooper 6 assisted in the search and recovery effort.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department spokesman, Division Chief Keith Swindle confirmed via email that the body was found this morning around 9:30 a.m.

The drowning happened off a pier in Franklin Manor, at Chesapeake Drive and Harford Street in Deale. Fire and emergency were called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Swindle said. Fire Department Marine Division and Dive Team members, along with the Maryland Natural Resources Police searched the area until 9 p.m. without success. The search began again around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.

At around 9:30 a.m., Marine State Police Trooper 6, assisting Natural Resource Police in the search, located the body about 1500 feet from the north pier where the victim was last scene, Swindle said. The Maryland Natural Resources Police will be investigating.

The Capital story reported that, “Brown was with a group of friends at a pier in the Franklin Manor community just after 3 p.m. when a gust of wind blew one of their hats into the water… Brown entered the water to retrieve the woman’s hat and did not resurface.” For more on the story, visit The Capital online here (subscription).

Swindle reminds residents to have fun in the water, but do it safely. Follow these guidelines:

General Safety Tips

  • Learn to swim! It is the best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water.
  • Never swim alone. Always swim with a buddy.
  • Never leave a child unattended near water.
  • Do not drink alcohol while swimming, boating or water skiing.
  • Do not use air-filled water toys in place of life jackets or life preservers with children.
  • They do not prevent drowning, and provide a false sense of security.
  • Do not swim during thunderstorms.
  • Know how to prevent, recognize and respond to an emergency.
  • Take a CPR class to learn basic life-saving techniques.

Pool and Beach Safety

Among children ages 1 to 4 years, most drownings occur in residential swimming pools.

Most young children who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time.

  • A fence with a self-closing and self-latching gate that opens outward should surround the pool.
  • Keep a telephone nearby.
  • Keep basic lifesaving equipment, such as pole, rope, and personal flotation devices by the pool.
  • Be sure everyone knows how to use them.
  • At the beach, stay where the lifeguard can see you.
  • Avoid piers, pilings, and diving platforms when in the water.
  • If you are caught up in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore. Once out of the current, swim toward the shore.

Boating Safety

  • Always wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device (PFD).
  • Have an approved flotation device attached to a long rope on board.
  • Be aware of the weather report, and pay attention because weather may change quickly.
  • Emergencies can happen anywhere, anytime.  In an aquatic emergency, every second counts.
  • Survival depends on quick rescue and immediate care.
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