On Father’s Day outing, mother drowns trying to rescue toddler

From the Star Democrat, this is awful:

PRESTON — A Father’s Day outing in Preston turned tragic Sunday afternoon after a mother jumped into the Marsh Creek after her toddler, who fell from the Poplar Neck Bridge.

Dive teams dragged the Choptank River after the 22-year-old woman who jumped in after her 2 1/2-year-old at about 2:30 p.m. did not resurface.

The report says the mom couldn’t swim. Her husband jumped in and got his wife and child. A strong current pulled them away. An off duty police officer jumped in and brought the toddler ashore, but the mother slipped away from her husband. The water there is upward of 6 feet deep and is known for strong currents.

Dive teams searched until shortly after 4:30 p.m., when dragging started.

The father and other family members remained on scene as crews searched for the woman. The toddler was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hospital at Easton.

Members of the Preston Volunteer Fire Department and Mid-Shore Dive Team located the woman at 6:20 p.m. not far from the bridge.

Names were apparently not released.

Preston is in Caroline County.

Just an unbelievably tragic story.

Michael Rosenwald is a reporter on the Post's local enterprise team. He writes about the intersection of technology, business and culture.
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