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Officials Warn of Swimming Dangers after 2 Drowning Incidents over Holiday Weekend

Updated: Monday, July 7 2014, 06:32 PM EDT

State officials are warning swimmers about deceptive dangers of swimming after two men drowned in separate locations over the July 4th weekend.

Natural Resources Police say the body of 27-year-old Alvaro Ordonez of Cheverly was found Saturday afternoon in the waters of Patapsco Valley State Park. He had been missing since the day before around 3 p.m. Divers were able to locate his body after searching the dam's hydraulic system which had stronger currents than usual due to recent rainfall.

A second incident involved a man's body that was pulled from Weems Creek Sunday morning in Annapolis.

Police are still trying to identify the man and asking for the public's help. The unidentified body is described as a 5'10 white male weighing 180 lbs. He was wearing black and blue trunks and goggles.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 410-260-8888.

Officials say both tragedies are a reminder of the dangers of swimming in natural waters and why people of all ages need to use caution. They suggest in addition to being careful of water conditions, to obey warning signs, bring floatation devise and never swim alone.

Officials Warn of Swimming Dangers after 2 Drowning Incidents over Holiday Weekend


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