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Elderly Pennsylvania Man Falls from Boat, Drowns in Bohemia River

Chesapeake City, Md. (July 11, 2012) - At around 2 p.m. on July 10, Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers were sent out to a possible drowning at the Two Rivers Yacht Basin located on the Bohemia River in Chesapeake City.

It was reported that the victim, James Brior, 80, and his wife of Downingtown Pennsylvania were cleaning their boat when Mr. Brior fell overboard. Mrs. Brior heard her husband, who had been on the bow of the boat, yell for help. She threw a life jacket and a line to him; however Mr. Brior was unable to reach either one before slipping under the surface of the water.

Approximately 10 minutes later Mr. Brior was pulled from the water by two employees of the yacht basin and a good samaritan. Mr. Brior was transported to Union Hospital in Elkton and was pronounced dead at 3:15 p.m. It was reported that Mr. Brior normally wore a life jacket when he was cleaning the boat but was not wearing one at the time. According to his family he was strong swimmer and in good health. An autopsy will be performed today, July 11 to determine the cause of death.

   July 11, 2012

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