Chaptico Man Drowns After Boat Runs Aground

ANNAPOLIS (August 10, 2010) - The Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) are investigating the death of Tyrone Pettiford, 52 of Chaptico, who died in the early morning hours of Monday, August 9.

Pettiford disappeared in the dark near Mill Point after fishing with a friend on Sunday, August 8. After Pettiford and his friend ran their boat aground approximately 50 yards from shore, Pettiford attempted to swim to shore. Pettiford's friend saw him disappear under the water not far from the boat and called 911. The U.S. Coast Guard and Charles County dive team assisted NRP with the search and recovery of Pettiford's body.

No foul play is suspected, but the cause of the accident is under investigation by NRP. Mr. Pettiford's body will be sent to the medical examiner's office in Baltimore for an autopsy.

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