4 drown in Md. over weekend

Authorities say four people drowned in Maryland over the weekend, including two young men swimming in the Wicomico River near Mechanicsville.

St. Mary’s County detectives say 24-year-old Christopher Kelly of Hughesville jumped from a pier Saturday evening and began struggling. Several people, including 22-year-old Christopher Staley of Newburg, went into the water to try to rescue Kelly. Both Kelly and Staley drowned. Their bodies were recovered later Saturday night.

On Sunday afternoon, Anne Arundel County police say a 57-year-old man drowned in Edgewater. Police say Judson Bell swam into Whitemarsh Creek to retrieve a piece of trash and disappeared under water. Witnesses brought Bell to shore, and he died at a hospital.

Also Saturday, an unidentified person fell off a pontoon boat and drowned in Assawoman Bay near Ocean City.

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