Divers recover 2nd body in Port Covington rescue

BALTIMORE - Two people are dead and another recovering after reportedly falling from a docked ship near Port Covington early Sunday morning.

Baltimore City Police say someone called 911 around 6:00 a.m. saying three people had just fallen off of the Cape Washington Ship into the Patapsco River.

Rescue crews spent more than five hours Sunday morning searching through icy temperatures in the river for two men who went missing after reportedly falling from the ship. Baltimore City Fire Department spokesman Ian Brennan said rescuers recovered the first body around 9 a.m. The second man was found a little more than two hours later.

"The water itself, even on the calmest day, is very hard to see in. It is very cold," Brennan said.

Upon their arrival, rescue crews found a female clinging to a pier near the ship.

"It was learned that there were two other males in the water with her. Those males were not located until later on when our Baltimore City Marine Unit and our Fire Department, in a joint effort, were able to locate the males later," said Detective Brandon Echevarria with the Baltimore City Police Department.

According to a Coast Guard press release, around 5:15 Sunday morning three people jumped into the Patapsco River to go for a swim. Despite the balmy 70 degree weather, a Coast Guard spokesman estimates the water is probably closer to a frigid 40 degrees.

A 24-year old woman survived the jump and reported two men ages 27 and 24 missing. She was taken to Harbor Hospital. There is no word on her condition.

Responding agencies including the Baltimore City fire and police departments, the U.S. Coast Guard, Maryland State Police and Anne Arundel County Fire Department assisted in the search.

It is not clear how the three ended up in the water, and Baltimore City Police tells ABC2 their homicide team is investigating.

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